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Scholars of the provincial government are well-protected at Hainan Normal University in China, according to provincial information officer Winston Arzaga.

Arzaga is referring to the situation of the scholars due to the 2019-novel coronavirus outbreak in the country.

“Okay naman sila doon. Walang adverse report at considering na nasa campus sila ay well-protected sila,” he said.

He said that there is still no plan to bring them home considering that Hainan is far from Wuhan City, Hubei province in China.

Scholars are currently taking up undergraduate studies and master’s degree programs.

The first batch composed of 10 Palaweños scholars was sent to China in 2018, while an additional 10 were sent in August 2019.

“Wala pang ganoon [napag-usapan na pauwiin sila]. Protektado naman sila at malayo sila doon sa Hubei at Wuhan,” Arzaga said.

All students underwent qualifying examinations conducted by the Hainan Scholarship Program-Technical Working Group (HSP-TWG) in the province.

Under the scholarship program are 10 slots offered to Palaweño students who aspire to study abroad. Each year until 2022, 10 students will have the chance to apply to avail of the scholarship.

The program was a result of the cooperation between the Palawan Provincial Government and Chinese authorities.

The scholarship program covers expenses for the tuition fee, accommodation, and housing, medical and monthly allowances.


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