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Lawmaker opens educational assistance to college students

NEGROS. Fifth District Representative Marilou Arroyo. (File photo)

FIFTH District Representative Marilou Arroyo confirmed the opening of applications for educational assistance to college students.

Through the initiative of Arroyo, college-level students in the Fifth District of Negros Occidental may now apply for educational assistance to help with their financial needs for schooling.

Arroyo said the program is part of the social services of her office through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).

The educational assistance is limited to 750 indigent college students in the Fifth District who will receive a P4,000 subsidy per semester.

One hundred slots are allotted to each town in the Fifth District, while the remaining 150 slots will be given to students who have submitted their applications last year but were not able to receive educational assistance since all funds from the National Government were re-aligned for Covid-19, Arroyo said.

“During this difficult time due to the Covid-19 pandemic my office continues to prioritize the education of the youth,” she said.

"To address the many concerns of our students pursuing their education during this pandemic, particularly in terms of their financial needs, this educational assistance intends to ease their burden by providing them an allowance per semester. However, due to budget constraints, the education assistance is limited to 750 slots only and all applications are subject to evaluation and approval of the Social Welfare and Development (Swad)," Arroyo said.

Students who want to apply for educational assistance must submit a copy of the school certificate, school ID, barangay Certificate of Indigency, valid ID and Social Case Summary Report, and Certificate of Eligibility to their local MSWDO/CWDO.

The list of approved applications for scholars subject to evaluation of the DSWD will be posted on the Facebook page of Arroyo.


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