Implementation of scholarship program questioned

By Edith B. Colmo

THE implementation of the Capiz Scholarship and Educational Assistance Program (CSEAP) by the previous administration did not follow the provincial ordinance on scholarships for students.
The program has an annual budget of P20 million.

Board Member Thea Faith Reyes, chair of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan education committee, said that the vouchers and payrolls in the liquidation of expenses based on the record of the Provincial Accounting Office for school year 2021–2022 showed that there were 2,533 verified and paid scholars.

Of the number, 1,514 scholars were paid under the Private Merit scholarship,49 under the Environmental Management, Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture and Fisheries (EVAF) scholarship, and 970 under the Educational Financial Assistance Program (EFAP).

No records of scholars paid under the Public Merit scholarship program, which refers to students studying in state universities and colleges, were found.

Also, Reyes said 36 scholars under the EVAF Program should have received P10,000 per semester, but they were transferred to the EFAP where they would avail of P1,500. They said they only received P1,000.

The person-in-charge of the scholarship program could not be reached, Reyes said.*