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A total of 150 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) recipients qualified as scholars for the Students Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGPPA), the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 1 reported.

Information Officer Allan Lulu said that SGPPA is a program which provides scholarship assistance to 4Ps recipients.

In partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), it aims to contribute to the national government’s desire to alleviate poverty.

This will increase the number of graduates of higher education and ensure employment in high-value added occupations among poor households.

SGPPA scholars are those who are willing to attend school, have completed high school and/or equivalent, not more than 30 years old, and have passed the entrance exam and academic requirements set by the leading state universities and colleges.

They are entitled to a maximum of P60,000 financial assistance per school year or P30,000 per semester for tuition fees, including miscellaneous expenses and cash allowances to sustain their completion of the degree program in exchange for a maintained satisfactory grade.

In Region I, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) and Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) were the recognized schools to provide priority degree programs.

Scholars are only limited to select one of these 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, from Agno, Pangasinan said that she is very lucky to be chosen as one of the scholars after stopping for six years. “Mag-aaral po akong mabuti para guminhawa ang buhay ng aming 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.

 
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