Congress sets aside funds for ex-PDAF scholars - Celso PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 August 2014 12:32

The House of Representatives has set aside funds to continue the scholarship program for deserving students previously assisted through the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat said the funds will be set aside through the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) pending the decision of the Supreme Court on the motion for reconsideration on the PDAF. “Scholarship programs for students studying in accredited government institutions will be funded by CHED”.

Lobregat said members of the House of Representatives met with CHED officials last week to discuss about the continuation of PDAF-sponsored scholars as well as the possible enlistment of new ones.

Under the PDAF-sponsorship program, congressmen put funds directly to accredited schools such as the Western Mindanao State University, Zamboanga State Polytechnic College and the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology.

“With the PDAF on hold, Congress took it upon itself to already put the funding with the CHED to continue with the scholarship program,” Lobregat said in an interview over GBPI-TV11.

He added that the meeting between congressmen and the CHED last week led to the decision that a memorandum of agreement (MOA) will be forged between CHED and the particular state college or university for the grant of  educational assistance to deserving students.

He clarified that the program will no longer be a scholarship program but rather an educational assistance which will have lesser requirements for deserving students. However, not all former PDAF scholars can be accommodated as  there will be limited number of beneficiaries, he added. — Melcah Yee