CHEd to assist pork barrel scholars

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The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) will look into possible sources of funding for thousands of the college students who lost their scholarships after  the Supreme Court declared the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) unconstitutional.

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CHEd Chairperson Patricia Licuanan said the commission will extend assistance to the students whose tuition and other school fees were taken from the funds from their district, or the congressional pork barrel.

“As announced recently by the Supreme Court, the pork barrel fund of legislators has been declared unconstitutional.  This has caused concern among students whose PDAF supported grants-in-aid will now cease,” Licuanan said.

A number of lawmakers are concerned about the fate of students receiving financial support from PDAF, whose release has been stopped by the Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order.

The CHEd has appealed to the state universities and colleges to allow pork barrel scholars to enrol in the next semester.

“As early as October, after the Supreme Court released its decision for a temporary restraining order on the release of the PDAF, CHEd issued an appeal to the 111 state universities and colleges to allow PDAF beneficiaries who were enrolled in the first semester of this school year, to enroll in the second semester,” Licuanan said.

“Once CHEd has assessed the resources needed by former PDAF grantees in public and private higher education institutions, the Commission will tap into its Higher Education Development Fund, funds from the General Appropriations Act and possibly from the President’s Social Fund,” she said.

As part of their projects, senators and congressmen appropriate portions of the congressional allocation to state-owned universities or colleges, or even the CHEd.

The scholars do not get a full tuition subsidy from their congressional sponsors but only some form of financial assistance, Licuanan said.

Each of the student only gets P2,000 or P5,000 for every semester, and the amount is even released in tranches.

NEIL A. ALCOBER

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  1. Thank you Justices of the Supreme Court for finally declaring PDAF unconstitutional. Those congressmen and senators who abused the system must be prosecuted vigilantly till all of them are in jail. CHED and Dept. of Health must be funded accordingly and likewise its governance check to insure that deserving constituents are served.

    • While I respect and understand your opinion, sana ni release muna nila ung funds for medical assistance and educational assistance for this year hanggat hindi pa sila nakakapag formulate nang transitional solution.

      Reactive ang decision nila sa current issues. I’m sad because in our area alone here in the province 3 college student were not able to enroll because of this, onr of them is graduating. Our congressman and mayor provided a partial sum from their own funds to help, but unfortunately it’s not enough

  2. By all means, the Department of Education must allow these Scholars to continue their Scholarship until they graduate. It is the problem of the National Government to provide the money to DepEd. These Scholars is sure to get jobs after their graduation and most of them will come abroad and work. If this happens, their remittances they remitted to the Philippines will be paid back in return.