The 4P’s Scholarship Program under the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) is an educational grant which gives priority to the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) by providing them opportunity to get college education, increase their chance to get better employment in the future and ultimately uplift the lives of their family so that they become contributors to national development.
The ESG-PA is implemented by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).Financial benefits The 4Ps student grantee is entitled to a maximum of P60, 000.00 as grant per year or P30, 000.00 per semester. The grant covers the costs for the following: – Tuition Fees and other School Fees – Academic and other extracurricular expenses – Purchase of textbooks – Board and Lodging – Transportation – Clothing – Admission and Entrance fees – Health and other valid related education expenses and support services Selection procedure
A) The DSWD is the identified implementing agency under the Guidelines of the Joint Memorandum Circular 2014-1 as regards the identification of the student- grantee.Below are the identified roles of the agency:
- The DSWD identifies the potential student-grantee from among the 4Ps Households subject to the limit of one (1) student-grantee per household;
- Validates potential student-grantees and confirm eligibility, willingness and interest to pursue Higher Education under ESGP-PA;
- Submits the list of names of validated potential student-grantees to SUCs for admission process and to the Regional ESGP-PA Committee (RSC) and National ESGP-PA Committee (NSC) for reference;
- Coordinates the provision of the necessary interventions for the student-grantee and family at the local level
- Assist the DSWD in the validation of potential student-grantees;
- Administer flexible admission policies at no cost to students;
- Orient ESGP-PA student-grantees and their parents/guardians on the policies and guidelines and other requirements of the program;
- Provide for appropriate accommodation such as dormitories or accredited boarding houses;
- Organize and/or enhance values formation and career guidance to student-grantees and their families or parents;
- Provide counselling services;
- Institutes as needed a bridging program to provide remedial/mentoring program to cater to the special needs of the student-grantees.
- Monitor and report the academic performance of the student-grantees at the end of each Academic Year until graduation;
- Informs RSC about any student-grantee who drops out due to meritorious reason/s and of possible replacement who may avail of the program, on a case to case basis as may be determined by RSC but in no case shall not be longer than a semester copy furnished by the NSC;
- Submits to RSC the actual qualified grantees as basis for the release of NCA;
- Receive the financial benefits from DBM for disbursements to the student-grantees based in their entitlements under this program;
- Encourage each student-grantee to open an Automated Teller Machine Savings Account with Land Bank of Philippines (LBP) or Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP);
- Maintains a separate book of account for the program;
- Facilitates the timely monthly release of financial benefits to the student-grantees;
- Help manage stipend received by the student-grantees;
- Maintain data base of ESGP-PA student grantees;
- Submits quarterly report on financial and physical accomplishments of the program to DBM, Senate Committee on Finance, RSC, NSC and copy furnished the House Committee on Appropriation. It also ensures that quarterly reports and list of student grantees are posted in the website.