Taguig rolls out most comprehensive, inclusive, responsive scholarship plan

March 01, 2020

TAGUIG City rolled out the most comprehensive, inclusive and responsive scholarship program in the Philippines, further showcasing its strong commitment to education.

During a special session Friday last week, the Sangguniang Panlungsod passed Ordinance No. 6, Series of 2020 which will continue Taguig’s existing programs, currently covering 55,000 scholars in tertiary and about 10,000 in high school, and create new scholarship packages covering athletes, students in a select number of fields, and public servants and their families or dependents.

New offerings

First among the new offerings is Advancing Sports’ Competitiveness and Excellence (ASC Excellence) Scholarship Program which focuses on Taguig youth athletes. Varsity players in colleges and universities and selected public high schools will be provided supplementary allowances. Medal finishes and other recognitions will also be incentivized.

Another offering grants unlimited scholarship subsidy of up to P100,000 to P200,000 to students of medicine, engineering and other fields but with a return service agreement to the city. This program provides for free tuition and miscellaneous fees, book allowance, living and transportation allowance and merit incentives.

A scholarship program open for Taguig public servants interested in continuing education was also added. Automatically eligible for this type of scholarship are those working in the city and even those from national government agencies who are assigned in Taguig like the PNP, BJMP, DepEd and BFP. This prioritizes specialized and short-term courses offered by countries with embassies and consular offices in the city, but it can accommodate locally-offered courses and graduate studies. Scholars of existing programs of the city may also avail of these benefits, as supplement to their present grant.

Also, Taguig City added a scholarship grant which is open to the children or dependents of public servants in Taguig (those working in the city and those from NGAs who are assigned in Taguig like the PNP, BJMP, DepEd and BFP. It extends assistance specifically for those in tertiary studies.

Aside from these, all 6,000 regular Taguig City University students will be scholars of the local government and will get an additional allowance.

Taguig will also continue to give all graduates from public high schools P15,000 scholarship vouchers to encourage them to avail of the city’s scholarship offerings.         Continuing existing scholarship programs. The new ordinance stipulates that the Lifeline Assistance for Neighbors In-need Scholarship Program will remain, together with the other longtime schemes City Educational Assistance Allowance for Taguig City University Scholars and Taguig Learners’ Certificate Scholarship Program. Merit incentives will also continue. It also provides allowances and incentives ranging from P5,000 to P100,000 per year across a total of seven scholarship schemes.

“This amended ordinance is the concrete manifestation of the City’s strong commitment to two central values of Taguig City: education and inclusion,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano. “Education empowers people to achieve their dreams. Since we want nobody to be left behind, we must provide our citizens access to effective education.”

Inclusive program

The new measure shall have safeguards for inclusiveness, the mayor stressed.

He explained that considerations for eligibility disregards political affiliation and economic class. It also extends the opportunities beyond the best and brightest students, and gives preference to persons with disability.

The new ordinance dubbed “Enhanced, Expanded, and Rationalized Taguig City Scholarship Programs,” is part of the city’s initiative to provide scholarship programs and incentives to secondary, college and post-graduate students, takers of technical-vocational or ladderized courses, even public servants who want to study both locally and internationally.

Estimates round out potential beneficiaries to be upwards of 55,000 individuals: about 9,000 high school students, more than 45,000 students in technical vocational, college and post-graduate studies, plus some 6,500 TCU students.

P700M scholarship fund

The city will bankroll the ordinance with a 2020 allocation of P700 million going to scholarships, a significant chunk of the P3-billion budget for education.

Furthermore, the total budget for education reflects nearly a third of the total budget of Taguig City for 2020.

Cayetano said the omnibus program and all the other highlights in the education agenda will open up opportunities for Taguigeños who can in turn continue to aspire for a better future.

“Investing in our people equates with investing in the future of Taguig. In short, the future of our city just looks even brighter,” Cayetano said.

Started in 2011 through the efforts of then Senator and now House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and former Taguig City Mayor and now Congresswoman Lani Cayetano, Taguig’s comprehensive scholarship program has benefitted more than 55,000 scholars in more than 200 colleges and universities.

Focus on education

Because of the Cayetano administration’s core belief that education is a crucial key to social progress and human development, the Taguig City’s scholarship program fund has grown from a mere P5M in 2010 to P700M this year. More than 8,000 scholars are now degree holders including 25 with doctorate degrees and 328 with masters degree. Among these degree holders are 2,691 licensed professionals comprised of engineers, teachers, nurses, accountants, psychometricians, criminologists, lawyers, architects and medical doctors. #InclusiveQualityEducation #ILoveTaguig