(The 10 Palaweño scholars set to fly to China August 29 this year to study at Hainan Normal University. Photo courtesy of Provincial Information Office (PIO))

Ten Palaweño scholars are set to fly to China on August 29 to study at Hainan Normal University (HNU).

In a press statement Friday, the provincial government said local officials will accompany the scholars to Hainan.

They will compose the second batch of scholars who qualified in the examinations conducted by the Hainan Scholarship Program-Technical Working Group (HSP-TWG) in February and March this year.

These qualifying exams were conducted at the Palawan State University (PSU) Roxas and Narra campuses and at the Victoriano J. Rodriguez Hall in Palawan provincial capitol.

TWG program head Teresa Acda said more than one hundred students took the examination, but only 10 qualified.

“Itong pag-aaral nila sa China is between sisterhood agreement ng Hainan and Palawan provinces. Ito ay walang return service, wala itong kapalit. Ang naging role lang ng provincial government ay tayo ang nag-facilitate at naatasan na mag-screening,” said Acda in the statement.

This scholars are Andrea Joy Tatoy from Roxas town, Bachelor of Science (BS) in International Economics and Trade; Cielo Sustal from Puerto Princesa, BS International Chinese Language Education; from municipality of Quezon are Renier Baldonado, Albert Endencia, and Christian Marc Garcellano who will take up BS in Statistics, Mechanical Engineering and Automation Technology, and Bachelor of Law; Cleford Rano from Taytay, BS Applied Chemistry; from Aborlan town are Jubilee Hope Cajiles, BS in Accounting, and Ruperto Lasting who will take up BS in International Economics and Trade.

Out of these 10 students, two are from Puerto Princesa who will both take their master’s degree — Carl Louis dela Cruz, Master’s Degree in Ecology, and Michael John Villarosa, Master’s Degree in Organic Chemistry.

Under the scholarship program are 10 slots offered to Palaweño students who aspire to study abroad.

The first batch was sent to Hainan in 2018. The second will leave on August 29.

Each year until 2022, 10 students will have the chance to apply to avail of the scholarship.

“Hindi natin nililimitahan ang mga estudyanteng gustong lumahok. Lahat ng mga pampublikong paaralan maging ito ay pribadong paaralan ay welcome. Kailangan lang ay dumaan sila sa proseso, hindi tayo maaaring mag-bali ng polisiya natin, kahit ang China ay mayroon din silang deadline,” Acda also said.

The next wave of screening was scheduled on January 2020.

Covered by this scholarship program are expenses for the tuition fee, accommodation and housing, medical and monthly allowances, and a round trip airfare from Palawan to the province of Hainan, China.