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BONTOC, Mountain Province –The Mountain Province Student Financial Assistance Program (MPSFAP) of the provincial government continuous to benefit deserving students who are willing to finish their studies despite financial constraints.
A special program of the provincial government, the MPSFAP caters to poor but deserving students of the province enrolled at the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) and other educational institutions within and outside Mountain Province with each qualified grantee receiving an amount of P4, 000.00 financial aid per semester.
The basis of the selection of grantees is the financial capacity of parents, hence, the employment and income of parents, the number of children in the family and the current status of the applicant i.e., an orphan and/or a working student, are primarily considered.
Recently, more than 300 grantees studying at MPSPC- Bontoc and Tadian Campus, Xijen College, and nearby provinces to include Benguet, Baguio City, Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela and Ifugao, also received their financial assistance.
During the distribution of the financial aid to the beneficiaries, Governor Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. emphasized the importance of education in achieving one’s endeavor in life and uplifting family out of poverty.
The governor encouraged the grantees to do their best in school so they can continuously avail of the program until they graduate. He also advised the beneficiaries to wisely use the money they receive as payment for their unpaid tuition fees and the things they need in school.
A grantee who started to avail of the program when he was in his first-year college until he graduated this year expressed his gratitude to the provincial government. According to him, the P4,000.00 financial aid he received every semester is a big help in the payment of his tuition fee.
Meanwhile, Simonette Clyde Fang-san of the Office of the Governor said that submission of an application to be renewed and included as a grantee next semester will start in August and application forms are available at the Office of the Governor
Interested new applicants must submit an application letter or letter of interest to be included as a grantee addressed to the governor; fully accomplished application form, a true copy of grades and Certificate of Enrollment. Grantees who are willing to be renewed must submit their true copy of grades and Certificate of Enrollment.
Also, a grantee of the program must finish the course taken in the expected number of years for the course, must be currently enrolled and must attend convocations and other activities organized for MPSFAP grantees.
An applicant or a grantee can be disqualified or removed from the list if he/she has a failing grade and does not submit all the requirements before the set deadline of submission.
By Alpine L. Killa