CHED and UniFAST vow more scholarships for IP communities

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Press Release – CHED and UniFAST vow more scholarships for IP communities

Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) Board Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera III vows to increase the scholarships for students in Indigenous Peoples (IP) Communities with the continued funding support for the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education (UAQTE) law or Republic Act (RA) 10931 under the 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

The increased attention for IP students was announced by De Vera during his meeting with Nueva Vizcaya Governor Carlos M. Padilla, IP Board Member Sammy Balinhawang, Santa Fe Mayor Tidong A. Benito and leaders from ten (10) tribal groups held in the upland barangay of Malico, Nueva Vizcaya recently.


“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed the 2021 GAA recently which increased funding for the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) which now includes the Tulong Dunong program. Many of the needy and deserving IP students are unable to avail of the TES because of lack of information and the inability of government agencies to include them in their welfare list because they live in remote upland areas,” De Vera said.

“UniFAST and CHED must now meet and link with local governments and IP groups who can assist in information dissemination and identification of beneficiaries,” De Vera added.

De Vera lauded the support of Nueva Vizcaya Governor Padilla and IP Board Member Balinhawang for bringing together Ayangan, Bugkalot, Gaddang, Ikalahan/Kalanguya, Ibaloi, Isinai, Iwak, Tuwali, Kankaney, and Kalinga leaders in Nueva Vizcaya and adjoining provinces so that CHED and UniFAST can explain the Free Higher Education (FHE) program and get their support in identifying needy students who can be assisted by government.


Governor Padilla is a well-known education advocate who co-chaired the Congressional Commission on Education (EdCom) that led to the creation of CHED, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Education (DepEd).

RA 10931 or the UAQTE law now provides financial assistance to close to 1.8 million students in public and private colleges and universities through free tuition and miscellaneous fees and the TES. There are 16,118 TES beneficiaries in Region 2 and 1,660 in Nueva Vizcaya alone, many of them are from the IP areas.

De Vera asserted that the number of beneficiaries from IP communities must increase, consistent with the dictum that those who have less in life must have more in law.

“I will be visiting and meeting with more IP leaders and local governments in the coming months so UniFAST can fully implement the commitment of President Duterte for our young people to complete their education,” De Vera said.

Source: FB: Prof Popoy De Vera

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16 comments

BONNALYN JAANI January 15, 2021 - 1:34 pm

Assalammu alaikum,ako po ay isang IP’S MUNICIPAL TRIBAL CHIEFTAIN from TAWI-TAWI I’m BONNALYN JAANI single mom my anak po aqo Isa please po tulungan nyo aqo para mapag patuloy Ng anak qo pag aaral Niya.

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Ma. Teresa U. Banatao January 15, 2021 - 3:29 pm

Sana po mapili ako at maging sholar sa TES po. Napakalaking tulong po pag napasali ako TeS. 3rdyr college na po ako taking up BS Accountancy sa ISAP – Alimannao Hills Peñablance Cagayan, yung dalawang kapatid ko po ay kasalakuyang nasa Senior HS. Kasali po kami sa 4Ps, sana po mabigyan dn kami ng chance na mapabilang sa tES napakalaking tulong po.

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BARRAMEDA JOHN DANIEL N January 15, 2021 - 4:47 pm

I want to be a CHED SCHOLAR

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Anthony buat Canunayon January 15, 2021 - 9:44 pm

Thank you ched and unifast

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Irish Ochotorena January 16, 2021 - 4:53 am

Do you consider the grade 12 students included the scholarship of 2021?

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Chelamie baguitan orina January 16, 2021 - 6:08 am

Can you give a scholarship to ahh 75 grade

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Melody Amor P. Noveno January 16, 2021 - 6:10 am

This schoolarship is a very big help for poor but deserving student like me in this time of crisis due to this pandemic.
I am a solo parent (Single mother) and a student as well, working while studying , my income can’t sustain my study especially this time of pandemic because i do have my little one whom i need to feed (His my Son, 2years of age) , i dont have cellphone, internet connection and stable access of internet. I am just borrowing cellphone in our neighbor to access online class and pass my quizes, activities and exams.
Ma’am/Sir, I would like to apply for this Scholarship to decrease my financial problem, I have no schoolarship on any schoolarship program, last year I apply at your good office but i am too late because you already release names of schoolar student when i got there . Please approved my application 🙏 Maam’sir, I am poor but deserving student. I am not that bright or smart but I am average student. My average when i last saw my report card was 1.76 . If God grant/issue this schoolarship to me, i will help my younger brother on his study because like me, He also have no access on online. Hoping for your positive response . Thank you and more power 😇

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Judith Soliman Llagas January 16, 2021 - 8:50 am

Gusto ko po makasali sa TES para po mag karoon din Po ako sailing laptop po Kasi Po lagi Lang po ako nag hiram sa mga friends ko po maraming salamat Po sa pag unawa💓💓🙏🙏

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Maria Kristina de Maal January 16, 2021 - 9:55 am

thank you God bless💛❤️

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Jennafe Tacder Monsing February 4, 2021 - 4:16 am

Paano po kami makapag apply,halos wala namang pakialam ang mga IP leaders namin dito.

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Jeraldin Basco January 16, 2021 - 10:00 am

Having a scholarship is a blessing from above that’s why I am so much grateful because I am one of those beneficiary. Thank you so much for helping and sharing your blessings to us. God Bless♥️

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Juliet Iman February 4, 2021 - 11:22 am

Sana po may scholarship para sa graduate student. Malaking tulong po ang scholarship na to para pang tustos sa aking pag-aaral. Sana matulungan nyo po ako. 🙏🙏🙏

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BAI AMOR POLEN January 16, 2021 - 3:59 pm

Sana po matulongan ninyo po ako dahil kailangan ko po ng scholarship na ito to help my parents to my financial matter. Fish vendor lang po trabaho ng tatay ko. Sana po mapili ninyo ako. Salamat! God bless you po

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Jolina L. Yama February 4, 2021 - 4:27 am

Magandang araw PO…
Isa akong IP’s , sana po matulugan nyo ako at makakuha PO ako SA Scholarship na ito, kasi gsto ko PO makapagtapos ng pag aaral.. Kailangan ko ang tulong nyo kasi Mahirap Lang PO kami.. 1st year college student PO ako….! Sana PO ma notice nyo ako..

Thankyou PO and God bless 💜😇

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Julia roxas February 4, 2021 - 1:10 pm

Sana po makakuha ako ng scholarship , i really want to go in college. Pero hindi afford ng pamilya ko na mapag aral ako dahil sa pandemic . i pray and i wish 🙆

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John Angelo Taller February 4, 2021 - 11:52 pm

Working student po ako, sana po mapasama po ako Bs Criminology student po ako.

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