Scholarship for children of poor farmers pushed

March 6, 2014 11:20 am 

MANILA, March 6 — A lawmaker has filed a bill granting scholarship to children of poor Filipino farmers.

Rep. Patrick Antonio (Partylist, AGBIAG) said House Bill 3833 intends to make quality education accessible to small farmers who cannot send their children to finish higher education because of financial constraints.

“The bill aims to increase the participation of Filipino workers in the agricultural sector by taking appropriate steps to uplift the standard of living of small farmers,” Antonio said.

Antonio said the bill promotes the development of agriculture by financing the college education of talented and deserving children of small farmers and provide incentives for them to pursue a career in the field of agriculture.

The bill seeks to amend Republic Act 7607 or the Magna Carta of Small Farmers. It will also create a Children of Small Farmers Scholarship under the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Covered by the bill are small farmers whose annual income does not exceed P180,000 based in 1992 constant prices.

Under the bill, the scholarship shall be applied for any agriculture or science and technology courses, as identified by the CHED as a priority course, and shall cover the entire tuition fees.

Qualified and deserving children of small farmers who enroll in courses other than those identified by the CHED as a priority course shall be granted financial assistance amounting to 50 percent of the tuition fees.

The grantees must maintain a general average of 80 percent and no failing grade in any subject.

After graduating, a grantee must render return service to their home province equivalent to one-half of the length of time he or she enjoyed the scholarship.

Grantees who failed to return the return service obligation shall be liable to reimburse the government the amount equivalent to the scholarship fund granted to them. (PNA)



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