INSIDE PAGE | Fernan A. Gianan:

CEFAP now open for college students

Our apologies to the public, especially the loyal readers of the Tribune, for the fewer than usual articles in this issue.

We had to limit the number of pages on account of the holidays and the fact that we had to republish a whole-page advertisement.

Perhaps, next week’s edition would be better in terms of content.

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More than 180 college students received tablets from the provincial government last week in a brief ceremony at the Catanduanes State University gymnasium.

Gov. Joseph Cua, CatSU President Dr. Patrick Alain Azanza, PBM Robert Fernandez and San Andres Mayor Peter Cua led the distribution of the gadgets to the beneficiaries, who came together with their parents.

It may be recalled that soon after he assumed the presidency of the university, Dr. Azanza appealed to local government units for help after a survey found out that more than 200 CatSU students were not able to enroll in online learning for lack of gadgets.

The governor responded positively, promising Pres. Azanza that 200 tablets would be available for distribution not only for CatSU students but also for those enrolled in two other private institutions of higher learning.

The event also launched the College Education Financial Program (CEFAP), a better and more responsive version of the College Education and Livelihood for the Youth (CELY) Program.

Authored by PBM Fernandez, ordinance covering the scholarship program aims to provide financial aid to more than 800 college students in Catanduanes through its annual funding allocation of P15 million.

The newly approved program-ordinance shall provide students enrolled in Private Higher Educational Institutions (PHEIs) with P4,000 every semester, which is 50 percent greater than the P2,000 financial assistance provided by the CELY Program.

Students from State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) are eligible to receive P2,000 per semester under CEFAP. However, the financial assistance is limited to 500 students for each PHEI and 200 students per SUC.

To qualify for the assistance, an incoming first year student must have a General Weighted Average of at least 85%, no failing grade in Grade 12 or 4th year high school, and must submit a certification of good moral character.

Those currently enrolled and those reentering college after stopping due to unfortunate circumstances must have a GWA of at least 2.2 or its equivalent, no failing grade in their previous terms of attendance and have a certification of good moral character.

To qualify for continuous renewal, a grantee must maintain a GWA of at least 2.5 and must not commit behavioral misconduct that would bring significant damage to the school, person, community and the provincial government.

Current CELY scholars will be retained in CFAP provided they are subject to the renewal requirements.

In addition, a maximum of 200 applicants who exhibited excellent academic performance are eligible to receive a P10,000 stipend per semester as transportation allowance, living allowance and internet allowance. The application will pass through a qualification process and approved by the office of Governor Joseph Cua.

Aside from having no record of conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude, the applicant must not be a recipient of a scholarship grant other than CEFAP and must enroll in a PHEI or SUC within Catanduanes.

Incoming first-year students applying for the stipend must have GWA of at least 92%, with no failing grade in any subject in Grade 12 while existing and returning students must have a GWA of at least 1.8.

All CEFAP grantees are mandated to attend and participate in outreach programs of the provincial government or any program specified by the LGU, as part of their social responsibility.

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ON WHISKY. A senator in the USA was once asked about his attitude toward whisky.

“If you mean the demon drink that poisons the mind, pollutes the body, desecrates family life, and inflames sinners, then I’m against it.”

“But if you mean the elixir of a New Year toast, the shield against winter chill, the taxable potion that puts needed funds into public coffers to comfort little crippled children, then I’m for it. This is my position, and I will not compromise.”

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