Party-list solon proposes establishment of Agri-Kabataan scholarship program PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 June 2011 13:42

A neophyte lawmaker is pushing for the establishment of a scholarship program for the poor but deserving students who would pursue college education in agriculture, agri-business and entrepreneurship.

Agham party-list Rep. Angelo Palmones on Monday said the target beneficiaries of House Bill no. 3702 are high school graduates from agricultural and vocational high schools with an average high school grade of at least 80 percent.

“The bill’s objective is to develop competency skills and knowledge of students in agricultural technologies and agribusiness, provide opportunities to poor but deserving students to realize their potentials in agribusiness and entrepreneurship, increase food production by utilizing idle lands of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs),” he said.
Palmones, principal author of the bill, noted the decreasing trend in human involvement in the agriculture sector.
He cited statistics from the Commission in Higher Education (CHED), which showed that enrollees in agriculture, fisheries and forestry for the last 10 years have decreased by 32 percent.

From 87,482 enrollees in 2000, the number has been reduced to 59,692 students in 2010.
Palmones said more professionals are needed in the agricultural sector because 70 percent of the country’s rural population depends on agriculture.
The bill, to be known as “An Act Establishing the Agri-Kabataan Scholarship for Food Production Program in the Agriculture Curricula of State Universities and Colleges”, seeks to establish the Agri-Kabataan Scholarship Program in SUCs in Agri-Business Management and Entrepreneurship.

Under the proposed measure, the entrepreneurship component should be 25 percent of the entire curriculum in the form of on-the-job training or related learning experiences.

The bill also proposes to have three to 12 months gestation on the agri-business venture laboratory based on science and technology within the SUCs.
The Agham party-list solon noted the bill will complement the priority of the government on food sufficiency by developing knowledge and skills competency in agricultural technologies and agri-business of agri-kabataan scholars and increase food production by utilizing idle lands.