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The Palawan Provincial Board (PB) has approved the release of P45 million to the provincial government’s Programang Pang-Edukasyon Para sa Palaweño (PPPP) for the payment of previous and current year obligations in two universities and a vocational training institute.

Board Member Leoncio Ola, chair of the committee on appropriations, said P35 million of the total amount will be used to settle the obligation of the province to the Palawan State University (PSU), Western Philippines University (WPU), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The remaining P10 million, on the other hand, will be for the payment of honorarium of medical scholars studying in different universities outside the province. Each scholar receives P70,000 every semester.

“Binabayaran natin ang ating mga previous obligations sa mga universities and technical schools. Wala na rin naman kasi tayong scholars kasi may free tuition na except sa mga College of Community Resources Development (CCRD),” Ola said.

The provincial government currently provides educational support to 110 scholars taking up medicine and 10,452 technical and vocational students.

PPP is under the I-HELP or the Infrastructure, Health, Education, Livelihood and Protection of the Environment of the provincial government that started in 2013.