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CHED scholarship beneficiaries in NorMin total 1,880 in SY 05-06

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (7 October) -- With the economy on a bullish run, the Administration is continuously working to expand its pro-poor programs to ensure that the masses feel the results of the country’s economic gains.

“One of these pro-poor programs is the granting of scholarships to poor and deserving students in the college level by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED),” Regional Director Eloisa W. Paderanga, Ph.D., of CHED-10, said.

Along this line, she said, at least 1,880 students from the region were benefited by the various scholarship programs granted by the government through CHED during the school year 2005-2006, up by 10.07% compared to 1,708 slots in the previous SY.

The highest number of scholars, she said, were those under the Government’s Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTE) with 985 followed by the Special Study Grant Program for Congressional Districts (SSGP-CD) with 610 and traditional scholars, the least, with 285.

Moreover, of the GASTE scholars, 942 availed of scholarships under the Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) while the remaining 43 availed of the Study Now Pay Later Plan (SNPLP).

The number of beneficiaries whose scholarships were taken from congressional funds were as follows: Bukidnon Districts I, II & III, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental District 1 and Cagayan de Oro City 60 each, Misamis Occidental District I, 54, Mis. Occ. District II, 51, Iligan City and Lanao del Norte, 50 each and Mis. Or. District II, 45.

The other scholarship programs had the following number of beneficiaries: Selected Ethnic Group Educational Assistance Program (SEGAP), 110, State Scholarship Program (SSP), 100 and National Integration Study Grant Program (NISGP), 65.

National Reconciliation Development Program/National Program and Unification Development/Officer of the Presidential Assistance of the Peace Process (NPUD/OPAPP), 4 and the SSP-Bachelor of Science in Education-State Universities and Colleges (BSE-SUC) Program and the Dept. of National Defense/CHED/PASUC, 3 each.

Meanwhile, a cumulative total of 72 graduates of the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) have been noted during the school year.

“The ETEEAP is intended for local government officials through the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) and for members of the National Police Commission (Napolcom) and the Philippine National Police and other qualified PNP personnel to comply with the organization’s mandate to professionalize its rank and file personnel,” Paderanga added. (PIA 10) [top]

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