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    Scholarship for poor Filipinos pushed

    A Philippine lawmaker on Sunday said he is proposing the automatic granting of additional financial assistance and scholarship grant to poor but deserving students.
    Rep. Eric Olivarez of Paranaque City said House Bill 3887 seeks to grant additional monthly stipend to qualified students enrolled in a college course or vocational course.
    Olivarez, however, clarified that the program only covers primary education or pre-school to high school for children up to 14 years old and provides a budgeted stipend of P300.00 per month for each child.
    To date, he said, the program only provides cash grants of P6,000 a year or P500 per month per household for health and nutrition expenses and P3,000 for one school year (10 months) or P300 per month per child for educational expenses with a maximum of three children per household.
    "While we truly commend the efforts of our government to alleviate poverty through this program, we also believe that such minimal amount is barely sufficient to effectively afford destitute children a decent and serious education," Olivarez said.
    The proposed measure does not undermine the great project of the government, but aims to help the government execute its program and achieve its objectives more efficiently and effectively, Olivarez explained.
    In filing the bill, the lawmaker cited the declared policy of the State to protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels, and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all, giving the highest budgetary priority to education.
    Under the measure, every child who has finished high school and has enrolled in a college or university under the regular load shall be entitled to a monthly stipend of P1,000.
    For those children beneficiaries who opted to enroll in a vocational college of institution, an additional monthly stipend of P800.00 shall be given to them.
    The stipend shall subsist for so long as the child is enrolled and has attended at least 85% of the required school days and has no delinquency records and no dropped subjects.
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