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Stakeholders sign MOA enforcing PGMA's "One Town, One Scholar" Program

Tacloban City (February 27) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's "One Town, One Scholar" program, which will ensure college education for every town's best public high school graduates, is now ready for implementation.

This after the program's MOA signing between the Presidential Management Staff, the Commission on Higher Education, Department of Education, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the League of Municipalities, conducted on Thursday, February 26, 2009 during the National Directorate Meeting of the LMP at Torre Venezia Hotel in Quezon City.

The MOA was signed by PMS Secretary Hermogenes Esperon, CHED Chairman Emmanuel Angeles, DBM USEC Mario Relampagos, PASUC President Dr. Lauro Tagbas, DepEd USEC Vilma Labrador and LMP President Mayor Ramon Guico.

Under the MOA, the Commission on Higher Education, for school year 2009-2010, shall use existing funds, allocating some P46.35 million from its existing budget, while DBM shall ensure allocation of new money for the program for SY 2010-2011 onwards.

The municipal local government units will also augment the scholarship benefits to the Town Scholar such as the stipend and tuition, depending on its capacity and the need of the beneficiary.

As directed by the President, the Presidential Management Staff shall ensure program implementation and as such, shall act as oversight. The program's implementing rules and regulations shall be issued by CHED as lead implementing agency.

Born out of the President's desire to provide one scholarship for each of the 1,500 municipalities in the entire country, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's "One Town, One Scholar" Program, will provide all town scholars with 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, which is a separate, special program under the Commission on Higher Education's (CHED) Scholarship 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.

The minimum qualifications for becoming a Town Scholar are: (a) a natural born Filipino citizen residing in the municipality/town; (b) graduating student of a public high school in the municipality/town; (c) belongs to the top 10 of the graduating class of a public school in said municipality; (d) with a combined gross annual family income below P300,000; and, (e) possesses good moral character and good health.

Interested graduating high school students must submit their letters of application to their respective schools, subject to the screening and selection process agreed upon by Municipal/Town Head and DepED and in addition to the programs' minimum requirements.

The period for application, screening and selection of grantees at the municipal town level is from March 1 to April 15, 2009. The Town Mayor shall then endorse to CHED Regional Office (CHEDRO) the selected Town Scholar and CHED shall validate the qualification of the endorsed grantee as Town Scholar prior to final issuance of Scholarship Certificate.

The Town Scholar shall execute a Scholarship Contract with CHED; carry a full semestral/trimestral load as prescribed in the course curriculum and finish within the subscribed duration of the course; enroll only in CHED-identified priority programs, preferably in a SUC near the municipality, and should not shift to another course or school, except for meritorious reasons. He/she should maintain an average of 2.0 in all subjects, with a grade of not less than 2.75 per subject, in order to be retained in the Program.

After graduating, the Town Scholar should render a return service for one year for every year of study grant within the country, with priority within the municipality of his/her residence. (PIA 8) [top]

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