The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Field Office 1 has identified 150 qualified scholars under the Students Grants-In-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGPPA).
The DSWD said SGPPA is a program, in partnership with Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), that provides scholarship assistance to Pantawid Pamilya program beneficiaries.
The program aims to contribute to the National Government’s desired outcome of poverty alleviation.
SGPPA identified beneficiaries who are willing to attend school or completed high school and/or equivalent, not more than 30 years old, and have passed the entrance exam and academic requirement set by the leading State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).
A student-beneficiary is entitled to a maximum of P60,000 grant per school year or P30,000 per semester for tuition fees. Miscellaneous expenses and cash allowances are also included for educational and support services to sustain their completion of the degree program in exchange to a maintained satisfactory grade.
In Region 1, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) and Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (MMSU) were the identified State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) to provide priority degree programs.
Beneficiaries are only limited to select one of the priority courses namely: Information Technology, Agriculture and Related Arts, Education, Engineering, Health and Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Atmospheric Science, and Environmental Science.
Aiza Manis, 24, student beneficiary from Agno, Pangasinan, said that she is very lucky to be identified as beneficiary of the program after stopping for six years.
“Mag-aaral po akong mabuti para guminhawa ang buhay ng ming pamilya… Iba po kasi ang may pinag-aralan (I will do my best in school to give a better life for my family… It is an advantage finishing school),” she added.
A total of 3,400 beneficiaries were qualified to enroll out of the 609 focus Pantawid Pamilya municipalities nationwide.
To date, there are 59 student-beneficiaries already officially enrolled in the program in the region while others are still enrolling.