A Milestone for Iloilo City’s ISIP
In an unprecedented move, Iloilo City takes center stage as the nationwide launch site for the Integrated Scholarships and Incentives Program (ISIP) for the Youth. This landmark initiative, a pivotal part of President Bongbong Marcos’s Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair, kicked off with grandeur at the cultural center of West Visayas State University on a recent Saturday.
Empowering Dreams: Iloilo City Leads the Way
Rep. Julienne Baronda: Making History for Indigent Students
Iloilo City Lone District Rep. Julienne Baronda expressed her pride, declaring, “We are making history.” The choice of Iloilo City as the launch venue for the ISIP for the Youth is a testament to the city’s commitment to shaping the future of indigent students.
Scholarship Program Details
Opening Doors to Education: The ISIP Advantage
Under the ISIP, indigent students are welcomed into the folds of the Commission on Higher Education’s “Tulong Dunong” scholarship program. This opens doors to a substantial PHP15,000 grant annually, a financial lifeline until they proudly walk the stage at graduation. Additional support includes a PHP2,000 semester grant from the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Assistance in Individuals in Crisis Situations.
Support Beyond Students: A Ripple Effect
Extending a Helping Hand to Families
The ISIP not only supports students but extends its reach to parents or guardians without employment. The Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers program of the Department of Labor and Employment ensures that the ripple effect of educational empowerment reaches beyond the classroom.
Nationwide Impact and Personal Testimonials
From Iloilo City to the Nation: ISIP’s Ambitious Goals
Baronda revealed that the ISIP aims to benefit 13,000 scholars nationwide. Denie Villaruz, a sophomore at the University of San Agustin, shared her gratitude, emphasizing the program’s impact on her solo-parent household. Patricia Angela Gallon, a graduating Education student of WVSU, echoed the sentiment, highlighting the significant relief the program brings to their financial burdens.
Government’s Caravan of Services: A Commitment to the People
Beyond Education: BPSF’s Two-Day Extravaganza
Before the ISIP launch, House Speaker Martin Romualdez joined the two-day BPSF at the Guimbal National High School gymnasium. Iloilo, as the ninth province in line, experienced the government’s caravan of services, with 51 agencies delivering 160 programs worth PHP1 billion to approximately 90,000 beneficiaries.
Looking Ahead: A Nationwide Commitment
Romualdez’s Vision: Extending BPSF to All 82 Provinces
Romualdez expressed the government’s commitment to extending the BPSF to all 82 provinces. Since its August launch in Biliran, the caravan has covered Ilocos Norte, Camarines Sur, Leyte, Laguna, Davao de Oro, Bukidnon, and Isabela. This initiative aligns with President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s promise to bring tangible change once elected.
In this journey toward educational empowerment and holistic development, the ISIP for the Youth marks a significant stride, ensuring that no deserving student is left behind.