SOME 179 students in the province whose families belong to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) are beneficiaries of the Expanded Student Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

4Ps provincial link Johnny Bumakil of the DSWD in Mountain Province said 128 of the beneficiaries enrolled in the last semester of school year 2014-2015 at the Mt. Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) Bontoc Campus, and 45 at the MPSPC Tadian Campus. Six did not enrol last semester but will enrol in the first semester of this school year.

Bumakil said four ESGP-PA beneficiaries have graduated, three with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and one in Elementary Education. 

This program entitles a student to a P60,000 grant per school year or P30,000 per semester. The grant covers the costs for tuition and other school fees, purchase of textbooks, board and lodging, among other expenses.

The beneficiary must maintain good grades to stay in the program. Juliet B. Saley