TACLOBAN CITY- The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) in the region reported that 45,551 college students in the region are to benefit a cash grant worth P5,000.
The names of the beneficiaries were already forwarded to their respective colleges and universities in the region, said Gabino Petilos, in- charge of the student scholarship services of CHEd in the region.
The P5,000 is just a one-time assistance from the national government for students in areas hit by super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ in 2013.
Eastern Visayas is considered the hard-hit area due to the onslaught of Yolanda.
Petilos said that they are now preparing the payroll to be submitted to the schools in the region.
More than 60,000 slots were allotted to the region for the grant but it was only last August 10 this year when they were informed of this allotted number of recipients.
According to Petilos, the commission could have maximized the number if only they were informed earlier.
They have also informed the schools upon receiving the information but only few submitted additional lists, he added.
The commission requested the schools to submit the list of qualified students for the cash grant as early as February this year but only few of the HEIs heeded to this request, Petilos added.
The commission later extended the submission until June 27 this year and was again extended until the last week of July also this year.
Petilos also said that the release of the funds for the grant is still not certain as to when but assured that it will not reach until December this year.
The government has allocated P540 million out of residual money from Yolanda funds. (MARWAH JAILANI/LNU Student Intern)