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Qualified students in Sultan Kudarat receive cash aid under ISIP program

February 26, 2024 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 65 views

QUALIFIED students from the province of Sultan Kudarat received financial aid through a novel educational assistance program of the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.

The cash aid payout was under the Integrated Scholarships and Incentives Program (ISIP) for the Youth coincided with the launch Sunday of the two-day Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair (BPSF) in the province, led by Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez.

“Madami po ang nahihirapang sumabay sa pang-araw-araw na gastusin sa ating mga pamayanan,” said Speaker Romualdez, leader of the 300-plus-strong House of Representatives and main proponent of the ISIP program.

“Bahagi pa rin ito ng pagsasabuhay natin ng panawagan ni Pangulong Bongbong Marcos Jr. na tulungan ang ating mamamayan at ipaabot ang ayuda lalo na sa mga sektor na nangangailangan nito. With ISIP, we hope to provide aid to sectors that can contribute to nation-building in their own capacities,” he added.

Under the ISIP program some 2,000 students in Sultan Kudarat received P2,000 in financial assistance from the AICS Program of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The listed beneficiaries will also be enrolled under Commission on Higher and Technical Education’s (CHED) Tulong Dunong Program (TDP) where they can get scholarship assistance of up to P15,000 per year.

“Ang ISIP ay programang naglalayong tulungan ang mga kabataang nagnanais makapagtapos sa kabila ng kakapusang-pinansyal. Binuo po natin ang programang ito sa paniniwala ng inyong lingkod na ang kahirapan ay hindi dapat maging hadlang para ang isang tao ay magkaroon ng magandang kinabukasan,” Speaker Romualdez said in a speech during the opening of the distribution program.

“I am also a parent. More than this, I am also a leader of the country. The desire of every parent to see their children graduate with a good education is also my desire. Sa ilalim ng ating Saligang-Batas, ang edukasyon ay karapatan ng bawat kabataan,” he added.

The program targets students in the tertiary and vocational levels who may be struggling with financial issues. As envisioned under the program, the beneficiaries stand to receive cash assistance every six months, which they can use to cover tuition and other expenses.

“Ang ISIP ay isa ring programang may return on investment. If we invests in our students today, they will become productive members of the community some day. Magiging bahagi sila ng ating nation-building. Kaya may siguradong balik ang ayudang ito sa ating pamahalaan,” Speaker Romualdez said.

The program is a convergence project with DSWD, Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), the CHED, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

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