Number of ‘Paglaum’ scholars may exceed initial target

More beneficiaries may avail themselves of the Cebu Province’s “Paglaum” Scholarship Program after the technical working group of the Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC), led by Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, met with representatives of state and private tertiary schools on Monday at the Provincial Capitol.

“We might go beyond the target of 70 scholars,” said Magpale highlighting the fact that public community colleges have lesser tuition fees.

Public colleges offer P5,000 per semester.

The University of Cebu (UC) and University of the Visayas (UV) promised to provide a scholarship grant to three students who would qualify under the program.

Present in the meeting were schools representatives from various campuses of Cebu Technological University, UC Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue Campus, UC Banilad Campus, UV-Minglanilla, community colleges of Sibonga and Consolacion, Northeastern Cebu Colleges of Danao City and Lapu-Lapu City College.

Beneficiaries of the program are persons with disability, victims of rape, human trafficking, drug abuse, child abuse and children of drug dependents.

Children of dysfunctional families, solo parents, deceased parents and the poor and marginalized sector are also included.

Students who dropped out of college because of financial constraints could also avail of the financial aid, added Magpale.

“We will make sure that the program will have a bigger budget for next year,” Davide said in a later interview.

PWC, the implementing body of the scholarship grant, has an initial P1 million budget which can cover 10 scholars for each district.

Each scholar can receive P10,000 for payment of tuition fee and miscellaneous expenses and P1,500 for subsistence allowance.

According to Magpale, the scholarship program would be launched next month and would start sending students to college in the next semester.

With the latest development, she said the number of scholars for each district may increase to 15 students. (Kelvin Canizares/photo by Donald Moga)