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Children of CARP beneficiaries may avail of Pres. Diosdado Macapagal agrarian scholarship program

Tacloban City (February 1) -- Children and direct descendants of CARP beneficiaries have another option in being able to pursue college education despite the ill economic situation of their families, by availing of the President Diosdado Macapagal Scholarship Program under the program beneficiary development of the Department of Agrarian Reform.

The implementation of PDMASP is in partnership with state universities and colleges and in line with the 10-point priority agenda of the Arroyo Administration to provide educational scholarship to the deserving children of poor families.

This was launched in 2003 in honor of President Diosdado Macapagal who himself was a son of a farmer, and who signed the agrarian reform program in the country in 1963 through Republic Act 3844 also known as the Agricultural Land Reform Code.

Todate, there are about 1,787 agraryo iskolars nationwide enrolled in agriculture related courses in different state schools and universities in the country.

The scholars, under the PDMASP, are provided with free tuition fee, book allowance every semester and modest monthly allowance.

The Department of Agrarian Reform, through the President Diosdado Macapagal Agrarian Scholarship Program intends to develop a pool of well-educated and trained people and dependents of agrarian reform beneficiaries who will eventually assume the responsibility of working and making productive the lands awarded them under CARP.

Through the President Diosdado Macapagal Agrarian Scholarship Program, the Department of Agrarian Reform hopes to produce scholars who will also serve as agents of change to assist the government in the development and modernization of agriculture and in improving the quality of life in the rural communities.

The Scholarship program is available to all qualified dependents of ARBs found in all municipalities, provinces and regions of the country where CARP is being implemented.

Qualified dependents may either be the sons and daughters of the ARBs, grandchildren of ARBs and wards of ARBs who are the legal guardians of the applicant. Only one family member of an ARB will be qualified to become a grantee of the Scholarship Program.

Aside from being an ARB dependent, the applicant must also be a high school graduate at the time of application and graduated with a general average of at least 80% or its equivalent; has passed the college admission test given by the state owned college or university where the applicant intends to enrol; must be in good physical health and moral character; must be single and not more than 25 years of age at the time of application; and must not be convicted in any case involving moral turpitude and without any pending criminal case in court.

The qualified applicants extended a scholarship grants under PDMASP will be allowed to enroll in any of the preferred agri-related courses like BS in Agriculture, BS in Agri-Business, BS in Agricultural Education, BS in Animal Husbandry, BS in Agricultural Economics; BS in Fishery Technology, BS in Food Technology or BS in Community Development and Rural Sociology.

The Scholarship benefits include free tuition and miscellaneous school fees in the amount not exceeding P1,500.00 per semester to be paid directly to the school; a monthly stipend in the amount of P800.00 to be paid directly to the grantee for every month that she or he is in actual attendance in the first and second semester of the school; an allowance of P500.00 per semester to pay for the books, school supplies and materials needed; and an accident insurance coverage for one calendar year from the date of issue.

For more information, interested parties may visit or call the nearest DAR office in their respective areas. (PIA 8) [top]

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