Feature: A scholarship that feeds family - Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Program
By Jocelyn P. Alvarez
Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay (February 20) -- If it were not for the scholarship program of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo thru TESDA, Ms. Maria Corazon Castillo and Mr. Alfredo Del Campo's lives would have been badly different, thanks to Pangulong Gloria Scholarship (PGS) program, both were able to traverse their family's financial shortcomings with resiliency.
Maria Corazon Castillo is one of the thousands of beneficiaries of the then Training For Work Scholarship program now renamed as Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Program.
Castillo, a native of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, and a graduate of BS Information Technology (IT) under the ladderized Education Program of the government thru TESDA was granted her scholarship in 2007 and is now gainfully employed in the locality.
"Kung dili tungud sa scholarship program sa pangulo, dili ko makahuman sa ako istudyu" (If it were not for the scholarship program of the government, I could have not finished my studies), Castillo expressed.
"Tungud sa tabang sa gobyerno, naka graduate ko ug naka trabaho… Karon, naka tabang ko sa ako pamilya sa panginahanglan sa panimalay sama sa pagkaon ug paeskwela sa akong manghud" (because of the help of the government, I was able to graduate and land a job. Now, I am able to help in the family's household expenses like food and was able to send my sibling to school) Castillo proudly said.
"Hinaot ipadayon sa Pangulo ang iyang scholarship program harun daghan pang mga kabataan ang matabangan" (I hope the President will continue her scholarship program so many youth will benefit from it) she called on.
Like Ms. Castillo, Alfredo Del Campo is also a beneficiary of the scholarship program of PGMA in 2007. Also a native of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, Del Campo graduated as Computer Technician under TESDA's ladderized program and Pangulong Gloria Scholarship program.
Del Campo, now profitably employed as computer technician in one of the local computer centers in Ipil, said " dako ang tabang sa scholarship sa Pangulo sa akong pamilya kay tungod ani, naka save mi sa tuition nga bayrunun unta nako, naitabang pambayad sa tuition para sa ako igsuon". (the President's scholarship program is of great help to my family. Because of this, we were able to save money and was able to pay my younger sister's tuition fee.)
Tracing Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Program (PGSP) beneficiaries
To monitor & assess the competency of the PGSP beneficiaries, TESDA has accredited Sibugay Technical Institute Incorporated (STII) as its conduit in assessing the level of competency of the graduate-beneficiaries of PGSP.
Mr. Pepe Calisto, Dean, STII, said most of the graduates of the PGSP are now successfully employed. "For our care givers, some of them have gained employment in Canada, for Hotel & Restaurant Management (HRM) graduates, some are now in Dubai and others are locally employed here and in our neighboring cities."
Meanwhile, Ms. Lorelyn Berberio, Head, Provincial Finance Administrative & Support Division-TESDA said the agency has already granted scholarships to some 573 beneficiaries from year 2007 to 2008 in Zamboanga Sibugay Province alone with an actual funding allotment of Php 5,557,500.00 and Php 5,866,500.00 for the year 2007-2008 respectively.
Pangulong Gloria Scholarship (PGS) Program
Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Program formerly known as Training For Work Scholarship is one of the present administration's efforts to address the economic problems of the country. Formerly known as the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo-Training for Work Scholarship Project, the scholarship program aims to produce a pool of qualified and globally competent workforce who is JOB READY; to develop skills and competencies of the unemployed and under employed through training program for employment, skills upgrading and productivity enhancement.
Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Program, championed by Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is being implemented in the country thru Group Training Scheme (GTS) which is aimed at the optimal utilization of current sectoral training capacities by awarding scholarship to a group of 15 to 25 scholars per class per qualification.
The GTS includes full training cost, training support fund for the scholars and free assessment after completion of the training program.
The PGS program ensures that at least 60% of the graduates are employed immediately after graduation or within twelve months after the completion of training. (PIA) [top]