THE National Police Commission (Napolcom) has increased its educational assistance for the children of the 44 slain Special Action Force (SAF) commandos.

Napolcom Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo Escueta said the financial benefits of elementary, secondary and vocational scholars were hiked by at least 50 percent, while college scholars were granted a 36 percent increase per semester.

Under the revised rate which cover tuition and miscellaneous fees, kindergarten scholars will receive P10,000 a year; elementary school scholars will receive P18,000 from the old P12,000 rate while high school scholars will receive P24,000 a year from the old P16,000 rate.

Vocational scholars will get P18,000 from the previous P12,000 rate, while college scholars will receive P30,000 from the previous P22,000 rate.

“The Commission finds it necessary to increase the scholarship benefits to NAPOLCOM grantees/scholars as well as adjust the standing policy on entitlement for the grant of scholarship in order to cope with the continued inflationary cost of tuition and miscellaneous school expenses prescribed by the different institutions of learning and in consideration of the K to 12 Program,” Escueta said.

He said children of the 44 elite policemen who were killed during their operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25 will have to coordinate with the Napolcom regional offices for the release of their scholarship benefits where they have to submit a copy of the proof of enrolment with corresponding receipts or submit a copy of fees assessment from the school.

The scholarship benefits shall be paid directly to the school in which the student is enrolled or reimbursed to the said scholar by the Commission upon presentation of the approved enrollment or registration form and official receipt of payment, the official said.

To keep the scholarship, a student should maintain an average academic grade of 2.75 or 80 percent per semester for college and vocational levels and 80 percent per school year for secondary and elementary levels. (Sunnex)