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CHED bats for more scholarships, assistance to poor students

Manila (18 June) -- The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) batted for the continuity of government scholarship and assistance programs, putting at 10 percent of the national college population the ideal proportion of students to be covered by the programs.

In yesterday's (June 17) news briefing in Malacanang, CHED Executive Director Julito Vitriolo also reiterated the call more funds for the college education sector.

He said President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has already spent some P7 billion for such programs which benefited about 650,000 poor and deserving students since 2001.

This is on top of some P1.2 billion already spent on training programs to upgrade the capabilities of almost 4,000 faculty members and about P2.5 billion for laboratories, libraries and other instructional facilities of government as well as some private partner learning institutions.

Vitriolo said there are now 72 centers of excellence and 122 centers of development identified in the country's higher education profile which are comparable to quality learning institutions in some ASEAN neighbors.

Vitriolo said the CHED is currently developing educational models to upgrade the curriculum program including the 15-year college educational program patterned from Europe to develop globally competitive students and standards.

For his part, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Pastor Guiao reported that the number of TESDA scholars who got into high-paying jobs increased almost seven-fold from 42,216 in 2000 to 357,509 in 2009.

Presidential Spokesperson Ricardo Saludo said noteworthy among the President's education program include providing Cabinet rank to the TESDA Director General and the adoption of the ladderized education joint undertaking with CHED which not only provided immediate jobs but credited units taken in tech-voc trainings scholarships in formal college courses.

Saludo noted that the trainings, scholarships conducted by TESDA and CHED have provided high-level education and academic qualifications for poor but deserving Filipinos so that they easily land in high-paying jobs in information and communications technology (ICT), tourism, business process outsourcing (BPO) and shipbuilding industries among others. (PIA) [top]

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