Educational support for N. Cotabato students assured

By Che Palicte

May 13, 2020, 2:45 pm

DAVAO CITY – The Trade Union Congress Party-list (TUCP) has vowed to continue supporting nearly 300 college scholars under the Tulong-Dunong Scholarship Program through the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

In a statement Wednesday, TUCP assured the scholarship grants will continue amid the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

Aside from CHED, TUCP said it has partnered with North Cotabato Vice-Governor Emmylou Talino-Mendoza to strengthen the province’s scholarship program, which has produced thousands of college students through the financial subsidy initiative.

The TUCP said some 300 students of the University of Southern Mindanao (USM)-Main Campus and Kidapawan City Campus benefited from the PHP15,000-scholarship grant last year.

“This is an increase of PHP3,000 from last year’s allocation,” it said.
For this school year, 199 students from USM-Kabacan Main Campus received their grants in February while 95 students from USM Kidapawan City Campus would have to wait for the final announcement to receive their grants.

“Education is the most stable and potent tool for our youth to arm themselves as they prepare to take over our communities. Indeed, the youth is our future,” TUCP Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza was quoted as saying.

Talino –Mendoza, meanwhile, emphasized the importance of supporting youth’s access to education.

“The Province of Cotabato will always prioritize investing in our youth’s future by making sure that everyone is provided easy access to quality education,” she said. (PNA)