Some 305 students of the BISU Calape Campus received last Sunday, January 27, 2018 P5,000 each from Congressman Rene L. Relampagos as grantees of the Tulong Dunong Educational Assistance program of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) done in partnership with the Office of the Representative of the First Congressional District in collaboration with the Bohol Island State University. A day before that, 240 students of BISU Balilihan Campos also received the same assistance.
“Since I became a congressman of the first district of Bohol, I have always been very supportive of all legislative initiatives that will promote and afford a better program that will help in the education of our young people in the country,” said Bohol first district representative, Rene L. Relampagos
In his first term as a representative of the First District of Bohol, he created the Relampagos Educational Assistance Program (REAP) under which the beneficiaries were given P 2,500 as educational assistance. Upon the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund, Congressman Relampagosnever stopped from looking for ways to continue his advocacy to provide assistance to students in need. For the past school years, that is AY 2014-2015, AY 2015-2016, AY 2016-2017 and AY 2017-2018, a total of P 37,000,000.00 was allocated in the annual budget of the CHED to be given as financial assistance to deserving college students in the First District of Bohol.
Giving priority to Education is not new to Cong. Rene L. Relampagos. It may be recalled that when he was the governor of Bohol, he founded the Carlos P. Garcia scholarshipprogram that helped hundreds of young Boholanos acquire college education. To this day, said scholarship program continues under the Provincial Government of Bohol.
“I am very proud and happy that in my capacity as the vice chairperson of the House Committee on Higher Education, I played a significant part in the passage of RA 10931 that grants free college education to all students enrolled in all state universities and colleges in the entire country. If before, money is the stumbling block in pursuing further studies,now is not the case asthe government has allocated funds for the students to pursue their dreams.,’ Cong. Relampagos concluded.
Republic Act 10931 or Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act was signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte last August 3, 2017. In the General Appropriation Act of 2018, P 40 billion pesos is allocated to answer for the payment of all tuition fees and miscellaneous of all state universities and colleges in the entire country.