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Under DA’s Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF), high school students or pupils are now able to submit their application forms through the Regional Scholarship Coordinators, State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) or Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

In reference RA 10848 or the ACEF Extension Law, this ACEF Grants-In-Aid for Higher Education Program (ACEF-GIAHEP) directs the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to implement a comprehensive and attractive scholarship application for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary medicine education.

According into Julie Delima, Western Visayas ACEF coordinator, the application is available until February 23.

“We will send the application forms and list of requirements to the different SUCs in the region. We hope to produce more number of ACEF scholars this coming academic year,” said Delima.

Based on the guidelines introduced by the Office of Undersecretary for Special Concerns Atty. Ranibai Dilangalen, a maximum of 10 scholars is allocated per campus.

Under ACEF-GIAHEP, a qualified scholar will receive a subsidy for Tuition and Other School Fees (TOSF) of P15,000 annually plus a stipend amounting P2,500 monthly. During summer courses, a grantee will also receive TOSF subsidy of P3,500 along with a stipend of P5,000 for 2 months.

Delima added a scholar will also be given P15,000 grant for the behavior of Thesis and P3,000 as On-the-Job Training allowance.

TOSF and stipends will likely be published on a semestral or trimestral basis for fund transfer to the CHED.

Graduating high school pupils, high school graduates, with made units in faculty or passers of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) can qualify for this grants-in-aid program.

“Those who will enrol or currently enrolled in agriculture, fisheries, forestry or veterinary medicine courses in HEI authorized schools can avail of this ACEF scholarship program. Also, the combined annual gross income of scholar’s parents or guardians shall not exceed P300,000,” Delima explained.

Delima furthered that ACEF scholars that will graduate with distinctions will be given cash incentives of P15,000 for Summa Cum Laude, P10,000 for Magna Cum Laude and P5,000 for Cum Laude graduates.

As section of the guidelines, ACEF scholars will also be given employment opportunities in DA or in its connected bureaus and line agencies.

“The average age of Filipino farmers is 57 years old. Through this scholarship program, we aim to encourage the youths to go into agriculture studies in order to develop the sector,” Delima continued.

Those that are interested to apply are advised to procure the standard application form and the list of requirements the DA Regional Field Office 6 in Iloilo City or telephone (033) 337-9092/ 09195772346, or email [email protected] # (Sheila Mae H. Toreno/DA 6 ) Information)

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