Celso grants 677 more scholars Print
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 16:54

By DEXTER YAP

Congressman Celso L. Lobregat in coordination with the Commission on Higher Education has fielded an additional 677 new scholars under the “Tulong Dunong Program” of the national government.

The scholars in tertiary education comes from the different barangays under the 1st Congressional District whose parents income are below prescribed minimum wage and are also the poorest of the poor which were identified by the barangay officials of the respective villages in the district.

The Tulong Dunong Scholarship program of Congressman Lobregat and CHED is a continuing scholarship grant for many years now since he became the representative of the said district.

Lobregat yesterday has fielded some 361 new scholars for Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), 70 scholars for Zamboanga City State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST), 113 scholars for Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC), 21 scholars for Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU), and some 112 new scholars for Southern City colleges (SCC) who were recommended by the barangay level and concurred by the solon.

“This scholarship program is giving better opportunities and hope in education for the sons and daughters of the poor families in my district which I intend to continue while I am still the representative of District 1,” Lobregat said.

During the orientation of the newly conferred scholars yesterday in WMSU gymnasium, Congressman Lobregat stressed the importance of education and the completion of their college degree for their future. He expects everyone to graduate in college and be able to help their respective families in their livelihood and managing their respective lives in the future.

Congressman Lobregat assured the student-beneficiaries under the existing “TulongDunong Program” that they will continue to receive the educational assistance as long as he is the Congressman as he committed to allocate funds in the district budget for this purpose.

Under the existing program, student beneficiaries from State Colleges and Universities (SUC’s) received and educational assistance of Php3,000 per semester or Php6,000 per school year.

Lobregat clarified that since the free tuition policy for SUC’s is in effect for School-Year 2017-2018, the education assistance for student beneficiaries from SUC’s use to pay for miscellaneous and other fees and allowances.

On the other hand, the educational assistance for student beneficiaries under the existing TulongDunong Program for private colleges and universities is Php6,000 per semester or Php12,000 per school year.

The solon also advised the barangay officials of student beneficiaries that the program under District 1 is intended to help students of their families that come from Zamboanga City, and to put this policy in effect. One of the requirements for a student to avail of the educational assistance under this program is that the student must be a graduate of high school in Zamboanga City. – Dexter Yap