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Student grantees wait for their turn for the release of the government assistance in the main campus. The university implemented strict health measures in the release scheduled from June 2 to 11, 2020 Christopher P. Cordova, OP-IPS

Student grantees wait for their turn for the release of the government assistance in the main campus. The university implemented strict health measures in the release scheduled from June 2 to 11, 2020 Christopher P. Cordova, OP-IPS

MALAYBALAY CITY – Hundreds of qualified Bukidnon State University students have received their financial assistance from the government under the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) Program and the Commission on Higher Education Tulong Dunong Program (CHED TDP).

The university has scheduled the release of these financial assistance from June 2 to 11, 2020 observing strict health measures.

The TES Program is one of the core components of the Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education Act (UniFAST) also known as Republic Act No. 10687, according to CHED.gov.ph.

Student grantees were selected based on he following qualifications (1) continuing grantees of the CHED’s Expanded Students Grants in Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation or ESGP-PA students; (2) students residing and studying in private higher education institutions (HEIs) in cities/municipalities with no existing state university and college (SUC) or CHED-recognized (local university or college (LUC); (3) students included in the Listahanan 2.0; and (4) those not in the Listahanan 2.0 but show proof of that they are indigent such as BIR certificate of no income, or barangay certificate of indigency and ranked according to per capita income.

TES grantees in SUCs get as much as PhP40, 000 a year that can be used for books, transportation, supplies, room and board fees and other education-related expenses.

In BukSU, the Office of the Students Services (OSS) took charge of submitting lists of students enrolled in the 1st semester of AY 2018-2019 and AY 2019-2020. The list was subjected to the selection of the UniFAST Board.

A total of 588 students were listed as grantees of the TES program in the main campus.

The university also released another financial aid granted by the government, which is the CHED TDP. This is intended for the new grantees who are enrolled or will enroll in any curriculum year level in CHED recognized programs of Private HEI’s, SUCs and LUC’s with Certificate of Program Compliance (COPC). The lists of enrolled students submitted to CHED were also subjected to their selection.

In AY 2019-2020, the university has a total of 530 student grantees for CHED TDP with a number of them full and half merit scholars depending on their grades.

Last school year, there were a total of 1,041 grantees in the main campus and 1,639 grantees in the satellite campuses of BukSU. The grantees received the full amount of CHED TDP and TES earlier this year.

During the release of the TES and CHED TDP financial assistance since June 2, precautionary measures were strictly observed by the University. Student grantees were informed ahead and instructed to bring three photo copies of their School ID with their signature. Before entering the main campus, the students went through a thermal check and disinfection measures such as foot bath and hand washing/sanitizing using alcohol.

BukSU strictly implemented the ‘No face mask, no entry’ policy. Security personnel also monitored strict observance of social distancing and other safety protocols. (OP-Information and Publication Service)