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Gov't reiterates commitment to help citizens weather global economic crisis

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Manila (26 February) -- The government has re-affirmed its commitment to help more Filipinos especially during this global economic turmoil.

Starting the opening of school year 2009-2010, graduating poor but deserving students from public high schools nationwide will be benefiting from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's One Town, One Scholar Program.

According to the Presidential Management Staff Secretary Hermogenes Esperon, the poor but deserving public high school graduates who will be chosen as their municipalities "Town Scholar or Iskolar ng Bayan" can now be assured of a college education in a state university or college.

Esperon said that under President Arroyo's "One Town, One Scholar" Program, all town scholars will each receive a scholarship for a four or five-year college degree program, including free tuition and transportation and living allowances, not exceeding P15,000 per semester for SY 2009-2010 and every year thereafter.

The Town Scholar, however, must pass the state college or university's entrance examination.

The President's One Town, One Scholar Program, is a separate, special program under the Commission on Higher Education's (CHED) Scholarship Program.

Esperon explained that the program aims to ensure that the best public high school graduate from every municipality, especially those who have no financial means, will get a college education.

He added that President Arroyo wants to provide one scholarship for each of the 1,500 municipalities/towns in the entire country.

The program will take effect immediately after the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) today between PMS, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

The other signatories to said MOA are the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP). (PIA) [top]

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