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31 students from IP communities pass BFAR scholarship exams

31 out of the 418 students who passed the Fisheries Scholarship Qualifying Examination for S.Y. 2020 of the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) are from indigenous cultural communities (ICCs) or indigenous peoples (IPs) groups.

“We have now extended the opportunity to students belonging to indigenous cultural communities to pursue their dreams in the field of fisheries in leading state universities,” BFAR national director Eduardo B. Gongona said.

“As emphasized by our Agriculture Secretary William Dar, we need to address the issue of ageing population of Filipino farmers and fishers in the country by encouraging the youth to venture into agri-fisheries field as they will be the key players in attaining the vision of a food-secure Philippines with prosperous farmers and fishers,” he added.

The 2,382 hopeful students, of which 128 are from ICCs/IPs, took the examination December in designated schools nationwide.

The Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) is a new component of the fisheries scholarship program for highschool graduates or college students who belong to indigenous cultural communities/indigenous peoples groups around the Philippines.

The scholarship is awarded to the Top 3 ICCs/IPs examinees of each region.

The other two components of the scholarship program are the Fisheries Industry Leader Grant (FILG) for highschool graduates who belong to the Top 10 of their graduating class; and the Fisherfolk Children Educational Grant (FCEG) for highschool graduates whose parents or legal guardians are registered municipal fisherfolk.

Aside from tuition and other school related fees, which will be paid directly to State Universities and Colleges, the future Fisheries students will receive a monthly stipend of Php 4, 000.00, a book allowance every semester, and upon near completion of the four-year Fisheries degree, an On-the-Job Training and Thesis Support and Graduation Assistance. Scholars who will graduate with honors and will top the Fisheries Board Examination will also receive monetary incentives from the DA-BFAR.


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