Free college education awaits 3rd district grads

INCOMING college students living in the first district of Cebu won’t have a problem availing themselves of free college education.

Most of the towns and cities under the district have state and local colleges that can provide free college education, said Cebu Rep. Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas (Cebu, 1st).

Out of three local colleges in the district, Sibonga Community College and Carcar City College have been given authority by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) to offer free tertiary education.

Aside from local colleges, the Cebu Technological University also offers free tertiary education to students enrolled in their extension colleges in the City of Naga and San Fernando town.

Gullas said that while Talisay City has a local college, it may be able to offer free tertiary education during the 2019-2020 school year as they were not able to make the cut-off of local colleges that were given the Ched’s approval.

While Minglanilla has no local college or state college in town that could help provide education to poor students, he said.

But Gullas said that through Ched’s Tulong Dunong (TD) program, he can help provide tuition assistance to poor but deserving students from his district who want to get a college education.

The TD program is intended for high school graduates whose general weighted average (GWA) is at least 80 percent in the third year and at least 80 percent in the first three grading periods of the fourth year.

The program can also be availed of by students who passed the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT).

Gullas said Ched has allocated at least P12 million for the TD program in his district.

Anyone who is qualified for the program can get a P6,000 financial grant from Ched per semester.

Gullas said that towns like Minglanilla that don’t have a local or state college can benefit from the TD program. (JKV)
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