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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, July 14 (PIA) -- The office of Congressman Damian Mercado was able to tap financial assistance from the national government for the tertiary education needs of his constituents in the lone district of this province.

On Friday, July 11, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Region 8 Director Maura Consolacion Cristobal visited this province particularly in Sogod and this city and personally distributed notices of awards and scholarship contracts to almost 2,000 student grantees.

In an interview with local media at the Saint Joseph College (SJC) HRM room shortly after the brief distribution ceremony, Cristobal said the Congressman’s initiative was on top of their regular program of scholarship extended to qualified students who are determined to pursue and finish college schooling.

The basic difference is that under the CHED program the student-scholar must maintain an average grade of 2.5 or 85%, while that of the Congressman’s, which is under CHED’s Tulong-Dulong, a simple passing rate is all that is required, Cristobal said.

In both instances, though, the student grantee/scholar is given the chance to finish college, be it a four-year or a five-year course, she added.

“That is why my advice to the students is to make full use of this opportunity,” Cristobal, who assumed as CHED Region 8 head only in April this year, stressed.

She also said that CHED directly coordinated with the private or public schools for the payment of tuition fees of the scholars and grantees, and the excess money, if there is any, will in turn be given by the school to the students concerned. (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)