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College scholarship offered for poor but deserving students

TABUK CITY (6 October) -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Kalinga approved Ordinance No. 011 establishing a College Education Scholarship Program (CESP) for poor but deserving students taking 4-5 year college course.

Introduced by Board Member Antonio Bakilan Sr, the legislative action seeks to help marginalized families send their children to school.

In his explanatory note, Bakilan cited Article 98 of the Local Government Code (LGC) that states: one of the functions and duties of the SP is to establish a scholarship fund for the poor but deserving students in the schools located within its jurisdiction or for students within the province.

However, he said this function was not implemented from the time the LGC was enacted into law in 1991. "The establishment of the CESP would give poor but deserving students the chance to finish a college degree of their choice," he said defending that assisting selected students finish their education is an investment itself for the province.

The program will start for school year 2008-2009. Each grantee is entitled to P2,000.00 fund assistance per school semester or P4,000.00 a year. The amount of P360,000.00 shall be appropriated under the 2008 General Fund, P720,000.00 on the second year of implementation, P1.44 million, P1.8M; P3.6M for third. fourth and fifth year of implementation respectively. The fund requirement of the program shall be included in the 2008 budget and the succeeding years.

A Provincial Scholarship Program Committee (PSPC) shall be created Chaired by the Provincial Governor and the SP Committee Chair on Education, Arts, Culture and Sports as Vice Chairman. Members are the Schools Division Superintendent, Liga ng mga Barangay President, and the Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator. The Committee is further directed by the ordinance to prepare immediately the implementing rules and regulations of this law.

The qualification of a grantee must be a Filipino citizen, born in and resident of Kalinga. He/She must be poor but deserving as certified by the Punong Barangay and the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office. A family income not exceeding P80,000.00 proven by latest income tax return or certificate of tax exemption of parents from the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

He/She must not be more than 21 years old, of good moral character as certified by the school principal or registrar, have a general average of at least 85% upon graduation from High School. The grantee must have attended and completed his/her elementary and secondary education in the province and should enroll in a CHED-accredited government education institution within Kalinga.

No two or more members of the same immediate family shall be allowed to enjoy the educational assistance at the same time and the applicant must not be enjoying other scholarship award/s or educational grant/s.

Bakilan explains that the noble part of this law is giving priority consideration to orphans, those with disabilities, child of single parent and victims of armed conflicts. Children of government and private employees, elective officials and overseas workers are not covered. Applicants must have no pending administrative or criminal case.

Except for Tabuk City with 20 slots considering its big population, other municipalities will get 10 each scholarship grant. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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