Davao expands scholarship program for poor students

THE LOCAL government has expanded the coverage of its scholarship program, and adjusted the benefits of other recipients in response to the recent passage of a law granting full tuition payment for state university students. 

Mayor Sara Duterte, through Executive Order No. 16, mandated the amendment of a previous executive order in 2014 for the Scholarship on Tertiary Education Program (STEP) to adjust to the implementation of Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.

The move allows the city government to still partner with SUCs even with reduced financial benefits for its scholars, as well as include more beneficiaries into the program.

“For a student… to still be able to enjoy the financial assistance by virtue of his or her grant under the STEP, an amendment has to be made on the portion of (the previous EO),” Duterte said in the text of the EO.

Students may still receive up to P7,500 in benefits per semester on a reimbursement basis.

The reimbursement covers expenses for books and other reading materials, school uniforms, footwear, and other school-related supplies and materials. The beneficiary must apply for a reimbursement request with the EBSU.

Scholars who qualify under the local government scholarship will also receive a P1,000 monthly stipend.

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