THE Department of Agrarian Reform has continued granting its scholarship program called the Agraryo Iskolar to deserving dependents of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in this part of the region.

This school year, the provincial office of DAR in Davao city accorded the scholarship program to 11 students who passed the oral and written exams required by DAR and the entrance examination of the University of Southeastern Philippines (Usep).

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The following lucky scholars are children of ARBs: Jasmin Bungalan and Melissa Sajid of Calinan; Erf Louie Canamo, Roselyn Hindap, Edemae Mamburam and Mercelita Bermudez of Baguio; Inie Rose Canas, Mark Gelicame and Lorenzo Waram Jr. of Tugbok; and Jennifer Paglinawan of Toril.

The scholars are currently enrolled on agriculture courses at Usep-Mintal Campus as specified in the memorandum of agreement. They shall receive a monthly stipend of P1,000 and book allowance of P750 per semester in consonance to DAR's memo circular no. 4 series of 2010.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer for support services Valentino B. Magante said that the scholars should maintain a grade point average of at least 2.75 or its equivalent rating every semester.

Magante added that they should also pass all subjects satisfactorily, provide DAR a copy of their grades every semester and must complete the course within the prescribed period to continue the scholarship program.

He said this is to encourage the younger generation to assume responsibilities in managing the lands awarded to their parent-ARBs through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp).

Magante stated it is expected that these scholars shall be catalysts of change in their respective communities and create rural growth and development in the countryside.

The DAR through its agraryo iskolar provincial coordinator Teresita Bartolata, shall see to it that school fees and students' allowances are given promptly.

A total of 44 dependents of ARBs in Davao City, have already benefited the scholarship-grant program of DAR. (DAR 11/Fraulein G. Montañez)