OFFICIALS of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) led by chairperson Dr. Patricia Licuanan recently awarded scholarship grants to 54 students who were victims of Typhoon Pablo at the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST) here.
The scholarship grants for Pablo victims were awarded to the St. Mary’s College of Baganga which is the identified institution to cater to scholars.
The grantees completed the target of the agency in order to meet 254 scholars of the Students’ Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGPPA) for Typhoon Pablo victims that hit Davao Oriental and Davao del Norte last December 2012.
Licuanan together with Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon, Mati City Mayor Carlo Rabat and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Coordinator Araceli M. Layog presented the award.
“Education is important to improve our quality of life, our families and our community. I believe that with this opportunity to achieve your dreams, you will serve as an inspiration to others and be an instrument of change,” the official said.
Implemented since 2012, SGPPA was conceived to benefit qualified Pantawid Pamilya grantees all over the country.
Spearheaded by CHED, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the SGPPA will ensure that grantees enrolled in selected state universities duly recognized by CHED, channeled to CHED priority courses, and extended the needed support that will guarantee completion of studies thus qualify them for a high-value added jobs in the future.
Licuanan also said the SGPPA aims to contribute in the increase of the number of enrollment in higher education in line with the national government’s priority degree programs among poor households and support college graduates’ entry to labor markets through placement assistance.
A student-grantee receives a maximum of P60,000.00 scholarship grant per school year – P20,000 for tuition, P5,000 textbook fees and other learning materials, and P35,000 (that is, P 3,500/month x 10 months) stipend (for board and lodging, transportation, clothing, health/medical needs, basic school supplies and other related costs).
Meanwhile, Layog said at present, Davao Region caters to 622 SGPPA scholars enrolled in four state colleges/universities in the region: University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) in Davao City, Southern Philippines Agri-business, Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) in Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte State College in Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST).
Pantawid Pamilya is a program that invests in human capital that is contributory to poverty-reduction. The program provides cash grants of at most P1,400.00 for a family that has three children, ages 0 to 14, enrolled in the program.
The family will be able to claim the grants if they comply with set health and education conditions strictly required by the program. As of May 2012, Pantawid Pamilya has a total of 188,000 registered household beneficiaries in six cities and 44 municipalities in all four provinces of Davao Region, Layog added. PNA