Sara LAKAS-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) vice presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte

Sara: Davao, CHED aid 14k students

February 21, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 154 views

Beneficiaries get scholarship assistance under Tulong Dunong program

LAKAS-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) vice presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said a total of 14,940 students have been given scholarship assistance under the “Tulong Dunong Program,” a joint project of the City Government of Davao and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

“This was in hope that their lives will improve,” said Duterte on her “Sara All For You” online talk show on Monday.

The P300-million project is solely funded by the City Government of Davao, with the beneficiaries given P7,500 per semester for four academic years, as long as they will not get a failing mark in any subject.

Norman Baloro, focal person of the Tulong Dunong Program, said it was initially a component from the “High Priority Bus System Project” of the city as a social intervention for PUJ drivers and operators to aid their children in going to school.

“But noong nagkaroon tayo ng profiling sa ating mga PUJ drivers and operators, iilan lang po sa kanila ang may anak na nasa kolehiyo,” Baloro added.

The Tulong Dunong Program, said Baloro, was then extended to all interested Dabawenyo students in tertiary education to “maximize and utilize the provided budget,” including children of solo parents, OFWs, sidewalk vendors and other indigent and deserving students.

“Ipinapamahagi natin ito sa lahat, sabi mo Duterte na kahit sino – mayaman man o mahirap, as long as they are qualified based on our eligibility guidance and policy ay ia-accommodate natin sa ating Tulong Dunong Student Assistance Program,” Baloro said.

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