An international child development organization has committed to award scholarship grants to 500 students who belong to the cultural minorities here in Flora.
Indigenous Peoples’ Municipal Representative (IPMR) Richard U. De San Jose announced this during a special assembly meeting of the Ybanags on March 24 at Bagutong Barangay Hall where the tribe’s new representative to the Municipal Council of Indigenous Elders (MCIE) was endorsed by the members present.
De San Jose said that beneficiaries will be chosen from among the so-called most indigent families in the remotest barangays which include Upper and Lower Atok, Balasi, Mallig and Malayugan.
These are the priority areas according to the IPMR, who met with representatives of ChildFund Philippines based in Pasig City Metro Manila.
De San Jose said that staff from ChildFund International will be coming soon to conduct thorough study and survey of intended beneficiaries here.
ChildFund is a child development organization based in Richmond Virginia, USA that provides assistance to deprived, excluded and vulnerable children around the world.
The same agency also committed 500 beneficiaries to indigent families in the Municipality of Luna.
Selection process will be strictly enforced according to De San Jose.
The IPMR said this scholarship system especially in the releasing of fund to the beneficiary is different from the government’s 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program). It is not in cash but the Foundation will directly pay fees to the school where the student intends to enroll.
The IPMR said that Education is one of the biggest issues that the town needs to address properly. “Daytuy ti kayat ko nga mapa-duras para iti Ybanag ken iti amin nga tribu ti Flora,” he said.