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Feature: Scholarships for exemplary government workers

Legazpi City (3 February) -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has renewed its memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Normal University (PNU) for the grant of baccalaureate, master of doctorate degree scholarships to outstanding civil servants.

Cecilia Nieto, CSC Bicol regional chief, said that the grant will cover the 2010 and future individual recipients of the Presidential Lingkod Bayan, Dangal ng Bayan and Pagasa awards under the Honor Awards Program (HAP).

HAP is an annual undertaking of the commission which recognizes government officials and employees who have displayed outstanding work performance and ethical behavior.

Nieto bared that newly appointed CSC Chair Francisco T. Duque III and PNU President Lutgardao B. Barbo, himself a Presidential Lingkod Bayan awardee in 1997 for his work as governor of Samar, jointly signed the agreement during the flag raising ceremony held last January 25, 2010 at the CSC main office in Manila.

Nieto explained that the grant is transferable to the awardee's legitimate spouse or child.

"Benefits include free tuition and miscellaneous fees such as laboratory, athletics, medical/dental, library and cultural fees. The beneficiary will be allowed to take one course with a maximum period of five years for baccalaureate degree, two years for master, and three years for doctorate," she added.

Nieto, quoting Doque during the MOA signing, cited PNU, the country's National Center for Teacher Education, as one of the foremost supporters of the HAP.

The chairman, according to her, thanked the university for its dedication in providing educational assistance to those in need.

Roynic Aquino, a CSC Pagasa awardee (group category) in 2008 and recipient of a PNU scholarship grant, expressed his sincerest gratitude to the commission for "working hard to solicit for such additional rewards".

His (Aquino) daughter, Vingelle Jeane G. Aquino, is currently enrolled at PNU as a scholar under the BS Early Childhood Education program. (CSC V/PIA) [top]

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