GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Dec. 1 —Three students covered by Department of Social Welfare and Development’s  Expanded Student’s Grant-in-Aid Program (ESGPPA) landed in top 10 in the September 2017 Licensure Examination for Teachers  for teachers.

DSWD 12 regional director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha identified Friday the scholars that were able to make in the top 10 as BSED major in Math Jepold Leo Deamin of Matalam, North Cotabato who got 91 percent passing rate; BSED major in Math Jurisken Cedeno from Pikit, North Cotabato, 91 percent; and  BSED major in English Analyn Ladica of Alabel, Sarangani who acquired 86.40 percent in the examinations.

Taha said the three were among the 70,000 passers based on the records of the  Professional Regulation Commission.

“This only shows that our pro-poor program is working for the people. We congratulate all the new teachers this year,” Taha said.

Meriam Damang, DSWD’s ESGPPA coordinator, said they are currently covering around 1,971 scholars from all over government-run colleagues and universities in Central Mindanao.

Under the program, a  student-grantee receives a maximum of Php 60,000.00 scholarship grant per school year or P 30,000.00 per semester.This is broken down to Php20,000 per year for the tuition fee, and Php5,000 per year for the textbooks and other learning materials.

The remaining Php35,000, which is distributed to Php3,500 per month, is allocated for the stipend for the board and lodging, transportation, clothing, health/medical needs, basic school supplies and other related costs.

Juliet Clavel, program coordinator for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, said ESGP-PA grantees, whose families under Pantawid Pamilya program, can choose among the identified priority degree programs of CHED.

“These include courses related to information technology, agriculture, education, science and math, engineering, and health sciences,” Clavel said.

Clavel said the program basically aims to contribute in the increase of the number of enrolment in higher education as part of the central government’s priority degree programs. (End)