A TOTAL of 677 new tertiary students from the first congressional district are benefiting in a scholarship program this semester through the “Tulong Dunong Program” of the national government.
The scholarship program is being implemented by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) in partnership with the office of 1st District Representative Celso Lobregat.
The scholars in tertiary education are from the 37 villages under the first district whose parents’ income are below the prescribed minimum wage and are also the poorest of the poor.
Lobregat said the scholars were identified through the assistance of the village officials.
The 677 new scholars are enrolled in the following higher learning institutions: 361, Western Mindanao State University (WMSU); 70, Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology (ZSCMST); 113, Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC); 21, Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU); and, 112, Southern City Colleges (SCC).
“This scholarship program is giving better opportunities and hope in education for the sons and daughters of the poor families in my district which I intend to continue while I am still the representative of District 1,” Lobregat said.
He said each of the scholars enrolled in government-owned State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) will receive P3,000 educational assistance per semester or for a total of P6,000 per school year based on the existing scholarship program.
He said the education assistance is for the payment of miscellaneous and other free as well as allowances since the free tuition policy for SUCs took effect in school year 2017 to 2018.
On the other hand, the educational assistance for each student-beneficiaries under the existing Tulong Dunong Program for private colleges and universities is P6,000 per semester or P12,000 per school year.
Lobregat has advised the student-beneficiaries of the scholarship program to study well citing education is important to have a good future. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)