Bongbong to revive scholarship grants for overseas schooling

April 2, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 143 views

PRESIDENTIAL frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. is batting for the return of a flagship scholarship program initiated by his father, former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, to allow poor but deserving students to study in the best schools abroad.

The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer revealed his plan to a group of sectoral representatives in Lambayong in Sultan Kudarat province during a Town Hall meeting there on Monday.

“Dati ang dami-dami nating scholarship program. Bawat department may scholarship program. Office of the President may scholarship program. Ang dami talaga dati, ngayon medyo hindi na natin ginagawa,” Marcos said.

“Dapat bigyan natin ang mga estudyante na deserving, na marunong, na masipag, na matalino, na nakapasok sa mga magagandang eskuwelahan, kahit sa labas ng Pilipinas,” Marcos added.

The UniTeam presidential bet also pointed out that during the tenure of then-president Ferdinand E. Marcos, thousands of scholars were sent abroad to study in the best schools in the U.S. and Europe.

“Alam niyo ba na libo-libo ang mga Marcos scholars na nag-aral sa Europe, sa Germany, sa U.K., kung saan-saan. Dahil nag-eksamen sila, tinanggap sila eh wala naman silang pambayad, binigyan sila ng scholarship,” Marcos added.

He said that all the Marcos scholars returned after finishing their studies, which allowed the Philippines to have a pool of experts who helped in our push toward economic development and industrialization.

“Lahat yan bumalik at yan ang nagpaganda sa sistema natin sa Pilipinas. Balikan natin yung scholarship program tapos ibagay natin dun sa pangangailangan. Halimbawa, kung mag-expand tayo sa agriculture, kailangan natin ng agronomist, ng agriculturist, gumawa tayo ng scholarship program para sa kanila… Kailangan ibabagay din natin yung scholarship program sa mga kailangan natin,” Marcos stressed.

One such scholarship program offered in the 1980s is the “Ferdinand E. Marcos Scholarship Program for Fisheries,” where qualified applicants can pursue bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degrees in local or foreign educational institutions.

Marcos also briefly discussed his plans for revamping the country’s education system, which is focused on modernizing the facilities in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and is also aimed at investing in the continued training of teachers.

“Kung pagagandahin natin ang educational system natin, hindi natin magagawa kahit marami tayong napakagandang classroom, kahit kumpleto ang equipment natin kung ang ating mga guro ay hindi nasusuportahan,” Marcos said.

“Number one sa kanilang benepisyo, sa kanilang sahod. Number two kailangan din mag-retraining ang mga teacher dahil ang bilis ng takbo ng teknolohiya ngayon, ang bilis ng pagbabago ng mundo ngayon. Lalo na itong pandemya, maraming nabago,” Marcos added.

“So kailangan tulungan natin sila na matuto sila lahat ng mga bago na dapat ituro sa mga bata. I think that will be the inspiration for our teachers,” Marcos stressed.

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