Government educational assistance programs reach more Benguet students

House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Benguet Representative Eric Yap, and Governor Melchor Diclas witness the awarding of the beneficiaries of the Integrated Scholarship and Incentives Program (ISIP) at the La Trinidad Municipal Gym on April 21, 2024.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet(PIA) -Many students of Benguet who are facing financial challenges are given the opportunity to pursue their education through the many scholarship programs of the government.


Close to 1,000 Benguet students who are new grantees of the Tulong Dunong Program of the  Commission on Higher Education(CHED) were oriented and received their notice of award  during the  Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair in Benguet  on April 21.


House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, CHED Chairperson Prospero De Vera, Benguet Representative Eric Yap, Governor Melchor Diclas, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda, CHED-CAR Regional Director Demetrio P. Anduyan Jr. led the awarding of the scholarship during the ISIP program at the La Trinidad Municipal Gym.

The Tulong Dunong Program is a grant-in-aid initiative that provides financial assistance to qualified beneficiaries, offering either P15,000 per academic year or P7,500 per semester to pursue  their college degree. This is under the Integrated Scholarship and Incentives Program (ISIP) for Youth.


An initiative of the House of Representatives, the  ISIP is an integrated scholarship and incentives program  that aims to bridge the financial gap for deserving students in high school, Alternative Learning System, tertiary level  and technical- vocational education, in pursuing quality education.

Aside from CHED, ISIP  is a convergence project with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Labor and Employment, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

ISIP beneficiaries in Benguet received P2,000 financial aid during the Bagong Pilipinas event. This assistance came from the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations program  of the DSWD to cover tuition and other expenses.

Under the ISIP program, student beneficiaries are given priority slots in Government Internship Program of DOLE  after graduation.

Unemployed parents  or guardians of ISIP beneficiaries may also be accommodated in DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers  program.

House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez with Benguet Congressman Eric Go Yap, and Governor Melchor Diclas, witnessed the awarding of certificates to the beneficiaries of the Student Monetary Assistance for Recovery and Transition Program led by Commission on Higher Education Chairman Popoy De Vera during the opening ceremonies of the Bagong Pilpinas Serbisyo Fair – Benguet at the Benguet State University gymnasium on Sunday, April 21, 2024.

Meanwhile, Romualdez with CHED officials  also led the ceremonial turnover of grants for beneficiaries of the Student Monetary Assistance for Recovery and Transition (SMART) Program and Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) program during the Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair opening ceremonies at the BSU Gymnasium.

The SMART Grant program is a one-time fixed grant of P25,000.00 for qualified students enrolled in any undergraduate program for the 2023-2024 academic year only.


It is one of the strategies under the National Employment Recovery Strategy, aimed at increasing the success of students in graduating through scholarships amidst the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.

The TES program, on the other hand, provides financial assistance to beneficiaries enrolled in CHED-recognized higher education institutions and programs worth P20,000 to P40,000 per academic year in public HEIs, and P20,000 to P60,000 per academic year in private HEIs.

De Vera urged  all the grantees to strive for excellence in their studies and be beacons of hope for their families. (JDP/RMC  with Venus Caguioa and Johan Galati -BSU Interns PIA-CAR)

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