MisOr scholars to provide workforce for NorMin-A A +A
Friday, February 14, 2014
THE business sector in Misamis Oriental will benefit from the hundreds of provincial academic scholars who are graduating this March, as the need for more workers in Northern Mindanao increases.
At present, the Provincial Government has more than a thousand scholars who can fill employers’ need for a workforce, especially for the tourism industry.
Most of the scholars are enrolled at Initao College, Tagoloan Community College and Bukidnon State University-External campus in Cagayan de Oro, said Jaira Lou Silos, assistant coordinator of the Iskolar Ko Ni Bambi (IKNB).
IKNB is Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano’s scholarship program.
Silos said tourism is one of the pillars of the Provincial Government in achieving development. "When the youth in the province are educated they can cater to the employment demands of the tourism industry."
Silos added that more jobs will also be available when investors are lured to set up shop in the region.
She said Emano has already around 12,000 scholars since he started the program as a congressman.
Previously, the budget for the scholars were taken from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), but the present scholars relies on the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the province.
The scholars whose schools are under the Committee on Higher Education (Ched) are granted P2,500 per semester. But those who are under the Philippine’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), depending on the course, they are given full educational scholarship grants.
Silos said the payments for Tesda go through the educational institutions directly.
Osel Buntag, an IKNB scholar for two years, said he receives P1,700 per semester from the Provincial Government.
However, Buntag’s tuition per semester is around P2,900 because of the tuition fee increase.
Buntag lives in Initao, Misamis Orienal, and presently taking Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Initao College.
She said the amount helped him get through the financial constraints brought about by college education.
Garvel Macanaguit, a provincial scholar for two years, said he receives around P2,500 per semester.
Macanaguit is a student of Tagoloan Community College who is taking Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Like Buntag, Macanaguit said the scholarship has helped him financially in his studies.
Macanaguit said the Provincial Government will continue to support his education until he graduates.
Christine Cabiasa, the provincial information officer of Misamis Oriental, said that Emano adds a thousand scholars every year to grant the youth with their right to education.
On Friday, the members of the IKNB converged at the capitol grounds to attend the group’s 6th general assembly.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 15, 2014.