The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has continued its mission of developing and helping the deserving sons and daughters of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) to continue with their tertiary education through the Programang Agraryo Escolar (PAE).

A total of 90 slots are offered this school year 2010-2011 only to qualified dependents of ARBs in Region 11 who are interested in pursuing agri-related courses with the end goal of developing the lands awarded to their parents by the DAR.

All the lucky students who will pass the screening committee are privileged to study at the designated colleges and universities in each province where the DAR management has an existing memorandum of agreement involving the scholarship.

PAE scholars in Davao Oriental would go to Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST) with main campus at Mati City and annexes at the municipalities of Cateel and San Isidro.

In Compostela Valley, the University of South Eastern Philippines (USEP) at Mampising of Mabini town and the Davao Norte Agricultural School at the municipality of Montevista are the accredited schools.

In Davao del Norte Province, accredited schools are USEP at Apokon in Tagum City and Davao del Norte State College in Panabo City.

There are two schools in Davao City where the scholars would study, namely: USEP with main campus at Obrero located at the heart of the city and annex campus at Mintal, Tugbok District; and the Wangan National Agricultural School located at Wangan, Calinan District.

In Davao del Sur the accredited schools is the Southern Philippines Agricultural Marine and Aquatic School of Technology with main campus at Digos City and annex at Malita.

Qualified applicants for this program are entitled to P2,000.00 each semester for tuition fees and other miscellaneous fees which will be paid directly to the school as specified in the memorandum of agreement.

Each student will also receive P1,000.00 for the monthly stipend, and P750.00 each semester as book allowance or school supplies. If necessary, summer classes and on-the-job training are also part of the program.

Interested applicants for PAE are encouraged to visit the nearest municipal agrarian reform office for the application form and certification from the office that they are bonafide dependents of the ARBs in the area. An applicant should not be more than 25 years old.

The applicants are also required to bring with them the following documents: certified photocopy of NSO authenticated birth certificate; health certificate from a government physician; barangay clearance; community tax certificate (cedula); high school report card with a general average of 80%; certificate of good moral character from the principal; and a certificate of entrance test passing mark from a university or college he/she intends to enroll.

PAE started in 2003 originally as President Diosdado Macapagal Agrarian Scholarship Program (PDMASP) which already produced 145 graduates in Region XI alone. A number of these scholars graduated cum laude and are already employed in established institutions.

Out of the 90 slots this school year, Davao Oriental is allotted 20; Comval, 20; Davao del Norte, 27; Davao City, 10 and Davao del Sur, 13.

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