TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Cagayan Third District Representative Randy Sera Ting assured the students under his RST Scholarship Program will still enjoy stipends even as the government moves to the abolition of tuition collection in public school systems.
Ting made the announcement during the distribution of scholarship grants to public and private schools in Cagayan State Univerty (CSU) Andrews gymnasium Saturday, November 25.
CSU will be receiving P14 million for the grant, the biggest among schools in the third district.
“P14 million nakalagak sa Cagayan State University, kagaya nung pangako nung nakaraan, eh gusto kong madagdagan ‘yung inyong stipend, nag-usap po kami ng CSU,” the lawmaker said.
Ting said about 1,320 students of CSU from the campuses of Piat, Carig and Andrews, and 984 students of the University of St. Louis Tuguegarao, University of Cagayan Valley, St. Paul University Philippines, F.L Vargas College and Maila Rosario College.
He also revealed that an additional P10 million was allocated for students who will not be covered by the free tuition scheme, because the requested budget of CSU for next school year “is not enough.”
“Kasi noong nakaraang budget hearing, sabihin niyo po ito sa mga kaibigan ninyo, sa mga classmate ninyo na hindi pa po nakakatanggap ng tulong, especially sa mga taga Cagayan State University, dahil nalaman po ni Cong. Randy Ting ang problema natin noong nakaraan, nakagawa po tayo ng paraan,” Ting said.
“Nagkulang po ang request ng CSU sa CHED ng pondo. Pero ako po as congressman, nakakuha po tayo ng dagdag na P10 million, kaya ‘yung hindi po na cover sa 3rd District ng Cagayan na hindi na-include sa free tuition fee, dumulog lang sa opisina ng CSU para i-recommend kayo sa amin, para pantay pantay po lahat,” he added.
With the number of current grantees, Ting said they have yet to fully utilized the released fund for the grant.
“Kulang pa po ito, this should be 2,600. So tell your friends at classmates na hindi pa natulungan na mag-apply na,” he said.
The Office of the Students Services and Welfare (OSSW) of CSU Andrews on Saturday posted that they are receiving applications for the RST scholarship program.
Students are advised to bring two copies of 1st Semester Assessment 2017-2018; two copies of 2nd Semester Grades 2016-2017; one copy of Certificate of Indigency, and a photocopy of school ID. Northernforum.net