Scholarship program for indigenous Pinoys

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By Nikka Garriga

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA–Lawmakers are finalizing the framework of a  proposed law that seeks to promote the welfare of the country’s indigenous communities through quality education.

The House Committee on National Cultural Communities is now deliberating on House Bill 1347 (HB), authored by Iloilo Representative Augusto Syjuco, for the formation of a Nationwide Scholarship Program for Indigenous Peoples.

“Education is one of the basic keys for sustainable economic development of the marginal sector of our society who are in need of government assistance and social services,” Syjuco said.

Should it be passed into law, the Indigenous Peoples Scholarship Program (IPSP) will be under the supervision of a National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

Committee chairman and Ifugao Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat, Jr. has already supported the proposal to allot around P200 million for the measure.

The amount necessary for its effective implementation will be charged to the NCIP’s appropriation as per the current General Appropriations Act.

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We, the Ata tribe of Paquibato, Davao City are supporting to this program so that among of our child and youth will continue to study with the help of this program. Rights will be Protected, Dreams will be Fulfilled.