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Ifugao town passes ordinance on tertiary education assistance program

by Mhars B. Lihgawon

Lamut, Ifugao (30 November) -- To address the plight of indigent students here, the town dads recently passed an ordinance providing yearly financial assistance to poor but deserving secondary graduates in the municipality.

Dubbed as the "GO LAMUT Tertiary Education Assistance Program Ordinance" (GLTEAPO), it aims to encourage poor but deserving secondary graduates in the municipality to pursue their tertiary education by providing them financial assistance.

The passage of the ordinance is in consonance with the Local Government Code of 1991 to make education at all levels accessible to all, and to establish and maintain system of scholarship grants, students loan programs, subsidies, and other incentives which shall be available to deserving students in both public and private schools, especially to the underprivileged.

The scope of the program shall be limited to only four years hence, the grantee is given four years to finish his tertiary education. Each of the 18 barangays is entitled to only one slot for every school year. This program shall accept one additional grantee per barangay every school year.

The financial assistance package would be in the amount of P1,500.00 per semester primarily to pay the tuition and other miscellaneous fees of the grantee. The amount shall be directly paid to the tertiary school where the grantee is enrolled. Should the total of tuition and other miscellaneous fees exceed of the amount, the grantee will pay the balance. However, if the total tuition and other miscellaneous fees is less, the excess shall be refunded to the grantee as allowance.

The ordinance provides that the Municipal Government will regularly appropriate funds in the Annual Budget sufficient to sustain the program and the objectives of the Ordinance. For the first year of implementation - P54,000.00, for the second year - P108,000.00, for the third year - P162,000.00 and for the fourth year - PhP216,000.00.

For the requirements, the applicant should be a permanent resident and registered voter including his parents in the municipality, a total gross family income not exceeding to P70,000.00 and must have graduated from any secondary school within the municipality.

An applicant must at least has a general average grade not below 80%; single and willing to enroll in state-owned tertiary school within the province. Moreover, he or any member of his immediate family is not a recipient of any scholarship program from the national and provincial government.

The Secretariat would be responsible for all transactions related to the Program and to receive and evaluate and screen applications as to the compliance of the requirements.

A grantee may be disqualified for failure to submit documentary requirements; transfer to other schools outside the province without prior notice or consent of the municipal government; grave misconduct resulting to expulsion or suspension, marriage; and failing grade of any of the subjects.

To ensure the success of the program, committee to be headed by the municipal mayor will be organized to oversee, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the program and recommend policies to Sangguniang Bayan for possible amendments of the Ordinance. (PIA Ifugao) [top]

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