Legislator opens educational aid for middle school students

NIGS. Fifth District Representative Marilou Arroyo. (File photo)

FIFTH District representative Marilou Arroyo confirmed the opening of requests for academic aid to college students.

Through Arroyo’s initiative, college students in Negros Occidental’s Fifth District can now apply for educational assistance to meet their schooling-related financial needs.

Arroyo said the program is part of his office’s social services through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under Assistance to People in Crisis (AICS).

Educational assistance is limited to 750 needy Fifth District students who will receive a grant of P4,000 per semester.

One hundred places are allocated to each city in the fifth district, while the remaining 150 places will be allocated to students who applied last year but were unable to receive educational assistance since all funds from the national government have been realigned for Covid-19, Arroyo said.

“During this difficult time due to the Covid-19 pandemic, my office continues to prioritize the education of young people,” she said.

“To address the many concerns of our students pursuing their studies during this pandemic, particularly in terms of their financial needs, this study aid intends to lighten their burden by paying them an allowance per semester. However, due to budget constraints, study support is limited to 750 slots only and all applications are subject to assessment and approval by Social Welfare and Development (Swad),” Arroyo said.

Students wishing to apply for educational assistance must submit a copy of school certificate, school ID card, barangay certificate of indigence, a valid ID and a social case summary report, as well as their local MSWDO/CWDO eligibility certificate.

The list of approved applications for fellows subject to DSWD evaluation will be posted on Arroyo’s Facebook page.

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