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Future looks brighter for 2,000 4Ps students

Cebu City – Over 2,000 less privileged students in Central Visayas, all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries, are optimistic about having a brighter future for having received educational grants through the Expanded Students’ Grants-In-Aide Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA).

The program is implemented by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Mercedita Jabagat, Regional Director of the DSWD in Central Visayas (DSWD-7) said, “The ESGP-PA aims to contribute to effectively addressing poverty alleviation by increasing the number of graduates in higher education among poor households and getting them employed in high-value added occupations. That offers them a chance to get their families out of poverty while contributing to national development.”

In Central Visayas, 2,093 students have availed of the CHED scholarship and taking up priority courses. Some 271 of these students are enrolled in Cebu Normal University, 711 in Cebu Technological University, 629 in Bohol Island State University; 150 in Siquijor State College, and 222 in Negros Oriental State University.

Jabagat also informed that the ESGP-PA is a long-term commitment of government in its effort to break the vicious cycle of poverty afflicting poor but deserving Filipino youth and their families.

A ESGP-PA student-grantee is entitled to P60,000 maximum grant per year or P30,000 per semester. The grant covers tuition and other school fees, academic and extracurricular expenses, purchase of textbooks, board and lodging, transportation, clothing, admission/entrance fees, health and other valid related education expenses and support services needed to complete the degree program.

“I am overjoyed because my prayers were answered,” expressed Nuela Boliga, 39, of Carmen, Bohol.

Her daughter Janice, 17, is an ESGP-PA grantee in Bohol Island State University (BISU) taking up a course in Agriculture.

“I look forward to finishing my studies and hopefully land a good job so that I can help my other siblings,” Janice added.