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Bontoc LGU, municipal officials sponsor college scholars

by Juliet B. Saley

Bontoc, Mt. Province (14 February) -- The Municipal Government of Bontoc continues implementing its Scholarship Program for college students enrolled at the Mt. Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC). There are 63 grantees enjoying this program.

The scholarship grant ends upon the completion of the course of the scholar or after the end of five school years from the start of the scholarship, whichever comes first, unless earlier terminated for cause or the scholarship is put on deferment.

Under this program, a grantee gets P4,400 per school year or P2,200 per semester. As provided in the guidelines of the scholarship program, the amount shall first be used to pay the scholar's tuition fee at the MPSPC and whatever balance left after the semester's tuition payments shall be given to the scholar for his allowance.

However, with the free tertiary education being implemented at the MPSPC which was jointly subsidized by the Priority Development Assistance Funds of late Congressman Victor S. Dominguez and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), the amount allotted to scholars under the scholarship program shall be given as their allowance. This helps to defray the expenses of the scholars in school.

Under this program, barangay allocation of scholars is based on the equal sharing scheme wherein each of the town's 16 barangays is allocated three scholars.

Barangays are also allowed one additional scholar allocation for every complete 500 population of the barangay over and above baseline population of 1,000. Any fraction of population below 500 shall not entitle any barangay to an additional scholar allocation.

In support to the municipal scholarship program, Mayor Franklin Odsey and vice mayor John Diaz also sponsored some 16 students for one school year. Each grantee receives P4,400 for the school year or P2,200 per semester.

Councilor Ignacio Afidcaho also sponsored 47 students for one school year. Councilor Mila Fana-ang sponsored 40 students for the first semester; Councilor Wilbert Padngaran sponsored 19 students for the first semester; and Councilor Bryan Bellang sponsored 5 students (first semester). Each of the grantees sponsored by these councilors received P2,000. (PIA MP) [top]

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