Indigent students get stipends

BACARRA, Ilocos Norte, Aug 17  — A total of 597 elementary and high school indigent students in this town and 484 others in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte received stipends under the provincial government’s scholarship program.
Dubbed “Iskolar ni Manang Imee,” the financial assistance given to the poor but deserving students in Ilocos Norte will be used to pay for their miscellaneous fees in school.

It  is one of PGIN programs under  the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of the Provincial Education Department (PED).

An  initiative program of  Gov. Imee R. Marcos’ administration, it aims  to address the national government’s call for “Free Education For All.”

The 597 indigent students in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte came from 21 elementary schools and one comprehensive high school, while the 484 in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte are from 13 elementary schools and three high schools.

The students, who belong to marginalized families, received priority assistance from the governor in the form of stipend.

The program targetted  to support 346  elementary schools and 48  secondary schools in the province with recorded indigent students.

Based on the PED records, funding support given to grade school and high school students for this school year 2012-2013 has reached to P4.14 million.

The amount represents the financial assistance given to scholars in both levels for the school year. Each grade school student is entitled to P250 per school year and P450 for the high school student.

Among other services, these schools will also receive  supplies such as books, chalk boards, chart racks, cleaning materials, nebulizers and building repair support.

Indigent students were identified through the National Housing Targeting System of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. (ANL/CDG-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)