By Marjorie Ann G. Nangit
The provincial government of Palawan promised to pay the school dues for the second semester of last year of all its scholars.
Orphy Ordinario, Program Director of the Education Sector of the provincial government said that they will pay the dues during the second week of June.
Ordinario told Palawan News that only the Palawan State University-main campus and the branches in Cuyo and Bataraza have not been paid of the school dues.
Records showed that a total of P17 million is owed to PSU- main campus, P5 million to the Cuyo branch and P4 million to the Bataraza branch.
“The processing of the papers for the payment was delayed by the election ban, “Ordinario said.
He said that the papers are now with Accounting Office and we expect that it can be finished by June.
“We still owe the other schools like the Western Philippines University (WPU), College of Community Resources and Development (CCRD), ” she added.
Ordinario said that their office is still accepting students who want to avail of the scholarship program of the provincial government as long as there are still schools who accept enrollees.
Earlier, the provincial government increased its budget for its scholarship program from P120 million last year to P152 million for this year.
Palawan Governor Jose Chaves Alvarez said there is is no limit to the number of applicants because the budget can afford it.
“All they have to do is file their applications at their respective town halls and they will be put under the scholarship program of the Capitol. they don’t have to pay anything except their miscellaneous fees,” Alvarez said.
Ordinario said that the program does not impose what courses the scholars should take as long as it is offered by PSU, WPU and the Puerto Princesa School of Arts and Trades ( PPSAT) and even those of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
It has already benefited 18,000 scholars in the whole of Palawan last year and we expect it to increase for this year, she said.
“We will open a new school building in Plaridel, Aborlan for technical and vocational courses which will be the center of technical and vocational courses in southern Palawan,” she said.
Ordinario said there are 1,200 students who have enrolled but only 1,500 will be accepted for the first batch.
The new facility offers Computer Systems Technology NC II, Visual Graphic Design NC II; Bartending NC II; Food and Beverage Services NC II, Front Office Services NC II, Housekeeping NC II; Local Guiding Services NC II; Massage Therapy NC II; Driving NCII; Bookkeeping NC III; Microfinance Technology NC II at Heavy Equipment Operation NC II for Backhoe Loader, Bulldozer, Motor Grader, On-Highway Dump Truck and Wheel Loader.
“This is all free, “Ordinario said.