The university’s Scholarship and Financial Assistance Office implemented the Expanded Students’ Grant-in-Aide Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) in April this year for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries who needed improvement in different subject areas across the curriculum.
The program which culminated in May served as a refresher course for those grantees officially enrolled in CTU Main and Naga Extension Campuses. It was designed to address each learner’s need to acquire the skills and competencies.
Areas that demand a high level of proficiency in the Mathematics bridging course are Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Physics, Calculus, and the like.
On the other hand, the English bridging course is important in acquiring knowledge and skills in English-related courses. Excellent communication helps much in the day-to-day activities.
In addition, values education is integrated for grantees to be well-equipped in managing circumstances in life. ESGP-PA commits itself to upgrading and rationalizing the country’s educational system by giving each and every citizen opportunities to get quality education responsive to the world of work here and abroad.
This is in consonance with the provision in Article XIV, Section 1 of the Philippine Constitution, “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” and “to establish and maintain a system of scholarship, grants, and students loan in both private and public schools especially to the underprivileged (Article XIV, Sections 2,3).”
Moreover, the initiative marked the collaborative efforts of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) per Joint Memorandum Circular 2014-1, dated February 3, 2014.
Source of fund for this purpose was taken from the excess amount of the ten thousand pesos intended for the grantees’ tuition and miscellaneous fees per semester.(Irvin A. Narsico, Scholarship and Financial Assistance Program Director )