Power transmission service provider National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is sending fourteen (14) young indigenous peoples (IPs) to school this year as part of its advocacy for education in some of the most remote barangays in the country.
Through NGCP’s Bulig Ki Agulanga (Tulong Para kay Ate/Kuya) Program in Mindanao, 9 high school and 5 college students from indigenous communities in Bukidnon province will be granted full school year educational assistance.
Now on its third year of implementation, the scholarship program is an expression of NGCP’s commitment to promote and preserve the culture of indigenous peoples through education. Recognizing that education is one of the most critical drivers in developing an individual, a community and the nation, NGCP has taken on education as one of its advocacies.
The awarding of scholarship grants was held at Brgy. Dalirig, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon last July 6. Showing their support and gracing NGCP’s event were Manolo Fortich Mayor Rogelio Quiño, Dalirig Barangay Chairman Henry Lim, and Chieftain and Secretary-General of the Mount Palapao Upper Mangima Tribal Communities Datu Amay Elfranco L. Linsahay. Also present were Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative (BUSECO) Board President Charlie Castillanes and General Manager Edgardo Masongsong.
The scholars come from the Upper Mangima Tribal Communities of Mt. Palopao, particularly Barangays Pualas and Dalirig in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. The grantees of the scholarship were carefully assessed and chosen based on their status and capability to maintain satisfactory grades.
NGCP recognizes that there are several factors affecting the academic performance of students. With NGCP’s grant covering tuition fees, book allowance, clothing expenses and stipend, the young students are unburdened of expenses that may otherwise be used for food and other provisions that can help the entire family survive. Free from these pressures, the students can now concentrate on learning and getting good grades.
NGCP believes that the company’s support together with the students’ drive to succeed are two factors that will help create a better future for the youth within these indigenous communities.
The scholarship program is designed not only to help the students graduate, but also to build for themselves a good foundation which they can use to help other students from their tribe.
“It is NGCP’s contribution to the legacy of quality education for the entire tribe,” said NGCP President and CEO Henry T. Sy, Jr. “We are proud to say that the scholars for the past year had a satisfactory performance in their academics which gave NGCP more reasons to continue supporting the students,” he added.
The scholarship includes provision of tuition fees, book and uniform allowance, and a monthly stipend. NGCP is spending at least Sixty Thousand Pesos (Php60,000) per year for each qualified student’s academic needs. Total scholarship grants for this school year amount to Five Hundred Twenty Six Thousand Pesos (Php526,000).