NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Apr. 20 (PIA6) – Forty-nine Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Negros Occidental are now college scholars of the province after they signed Memorandum of Agreement with the provincial government led by Gov. Alfredo G. Maranon, Jr.
Karen Dinsay, provincial information officer, said that the IP students under the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program (NOSP) are Ati, Aeta and Bukidnon.
“We concentrated on the education of our IPs because there are now IPs who are already working,” Dinsay said during the regular meeting of the Negros Association of Information Officers and Liaisons (NAGIOL) at the Department of Labor and Employment – Sugar Workers’ Development Center.
In total, there were 70 scholars who signed the agreement with Maranon at the Provincial Capitol on April 19.
“IPs are getting hired, they also want to study and they also want to improve the quality of their lives and that’s our way to help them,” Dinsay added.
Dinsay also said that their former IP scholars are now working as focal persons at the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Negros Island Region, after graduating with Latin Honors.
Fifteen of the scholars are under the Degree Completion Scholarship, three under the Provincial Educational Assistance for Capitol Employees Category, and three under the NOPMANS – Medicine Category.
The grantees underwent a series of examinations and interviews before they were qualified for the NOSP. (JCM/CBA/PIA6-Negros Occidental)