Celso declares continuity of Educational Assistance Program Print
Saturday, 23 June 2018 15:47

By DEXER YAP

 

House Committee on Higher and Technical Education member for majority and Congressman Celso Lobregat declared that the national government thru the Commission on Higher Education will still continue its ongoing educational assistance program for the indigent students here in Zamboanga City despite the start in the implementation of the free education program of the present administration.

Congressman Lobregat said that he himself favors sustaining the said educational assistance because it has helped a lot of indigent students in the past when the free tertiary education was not yet in placed, and he believes that this program can continue to help those who are already enrolled in colleges and universities as well.

Speaking in front of the students of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), Congressman Lobregat said that the Committee on Appropriations headed by Davao Congressman Karlo Nograles and himself as the Vice-Chair of the same committee, have already agreed to come up with combined efforts in order to sustain the “Tulong Dunong” Educational Assistance Program in coordination with CHED office.

Lobregat said that in the past, his congressional office has assisted hundreds of indigent students taking college degree and vocational courses in the colleges of Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College, Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology and Western Mindanao State University, to include the private colleges of Ateneo de Zamboanga and Southern City Colleges which were identified by the solon.

The free tertiary education is mandated under Republic Act 10931 known as the Act promoting universal access to quality tertiary education by providing for free tuition and other school fees in state universities and colleges, local universities and colleges and state-run technical and vocational institutions, establishing the tertiary education subsidy and student loan program, strengthening the unified student financial assistance system.

Congressman Lobregat ensure the student-beneficiaries under the existing “Tulong Dunong 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) including in some identified private schools 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 now in effect this school year, the education assistance for student beneficiaries from SUC’s use to pay for miscellaneous and other fees and allowances. – (Dexter Yap/PR)