Continuing scholarships, assistance to poor students urged
Iloilo City (18 June) -- The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is batting for a continued provision of government scholarships and fund assistance to poor students.
In a report to Malacanang, CHED Executive Director Julito Vitriolo said the Arroyo administration has already spent some P7 billion for scholarships and fund assistance to about 650,000 poor and deserving students since 2001.
He said this is in addition to some P1.2 billion spent on training programs for upgrading of some 4,000 teachers and about P2.5 billion for laboratories, libraries and other instructional facilities of government and other partner learning institutions.
Western Visayas has its share of some 5,000 government scholars continually availing of assistance from the CHED-6, while 20 slots and more will be provided for this school year, in addition to the 117 One Town, One Scholars in the different congressional districts in Iloilo.
In his press briefing in the Palace recently, Vitriolo said the government's college scholarships and assistance to poor students should be continued until 10 percent, which is the ideal proportion of the college students shall have been covered.
Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Ricardo Saludo said the trainings, scholarships conducted by the CHED and the TESDA have provided the poor but deserving Filipinos a high-level quality education and academic qualifications.
This, Saludo added, has enabled them to land relatively high-paying jobs in ICT, tourism and BPO industries. (PIA6/ESS) [top]