Councilors question policy on LGU’s scholars

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Friday, May 23, 2014


THE Cebu City Council has questioned the policy of the City Government's scholarship committee to revoke the grant to beneficiaries who shift to another course.
The councilors said such policy did not pass through the scrutiny of the legislative body.

In an executive session last Wednesday afternoon, scholarship committee head Ida Yting told the councilors that the scholars are not allowed to transfer to a course in another department.

The policy aims to ensure that the City Government’s funds do not go to waste.

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Yting said scholars can shift to another course, provided it is in the same department.

“If you are taking up accounting and decide later to shift to management accounting, that’s allowed,” she said. “You cannot transfer from accounting to criminology.”

Yting said no scholars have been affected yet by the policy. She said the students are briefed about the policy before they enroll.

At present, the City has 12,642 scholars.

Yting said that the policy conforms to the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the ordinance that established the City's scholarship program.

The ordinance was approved by the council on Aug. 8, 2012.

Councilor Gerardo Carillo, however, told Yting that the IRR, which was formulated by the scholarship committee, did not pass through the council.

Councilor Sisinio Andales said the committee has no legal grounds to prohibit the students from transferring to another course.

Yting admitted that the IRR has no council approval. She said she only learned about the matter when she assumed office last September.

This is why the committee will submit the IRR to the council for approval in the coming weeks, she said.

Carillo, a lawyer and a member of the scholarship committee, volunteered to review the IRR once it reaches the council.

The scholarship program aims to help deserving public high school graduates who cannot afford a college education. Under the program, the scholars get P11,000 per semester but those from the mountain barangays get an additional P10,000.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 23, 2014.

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