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Government continues providing scholarship programs

Manila, Philippines – Education is one of the priorities of the government to help support the country’s economic growth. The government has vowed to continue providing more scholarship programs for poor but deserving students, and to implement more reforms in education by increasing the budget.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) provides scholarships for Filipino students whose general weighted average is 90 percent and above, with the financial benefit of P30,000 per annum. It also offers grants-in-aid for students whose general average is 85 to 89 percent, with P15,000 per annum.

There is the national integration study grant program for members of cultural minority groups. The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)-CHED study grant program is intended for returnees and their dependents. It is a program of CHED with the Department of National Defense, and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges.

The CHED also provides the student loans under the Study-Now-Pay-Later Plan (SNPLP). It has study grants for poverty alleviation, such as the Bangsamoro special grant-in-aid program. The CHED is mandated to provide these scholarship programs pursuant to RA 7722, the “Higher Education Act of 1994.”

The Manila Bulletin, led by its Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Cabanes, Officers and Employees congratulate the government of the Republic of the Philippines headed by H.E. President Benigno S. Aquino III and the Commission on Higher Education headed by its Chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, in their commitment to transformational leadership that puts education as the central strategy for investing in the Filipino people, reducing poverty, and building national competitiveness. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!