Provincial Government of Catanduanes has finally unveiled its first batch of scholars for Medical and Law Scholarship program. (From right) Present during the signing of Memorandum of Agreement were CatSU President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, Member of Scholarship Board for Medicine Dr. Hazel Palmes, the Chairperson of the Scholarship Board Governor Joseph C. Cua, together with the seven bonafide Catandunganon scholars, the Members of Scholarship Board for Law Atty. Rizalina Tañon and Atty. Norlito Agunday Jr. and Provincial Board Member Robert A. Fernandez on July 29, 2021 at the lobby of Provincial Capitol.
Catanduanes is a few years away from having new lawyers and doctors as seven bonafide Catandunganons signed a five-year scholarship agreement with the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) of Catanduanes on July 29, 2021 at the lobby of the Provincial Capitol.
The three Medical Scholars are Catherine Tolentino, Christine Sanchez, and Jirah Garcia. Meanwhile, Lynrose Tabuzo, Jude Tacorda, Rochelle Molina, and Sunshine Tapiador were granted scholarships for Juris Doctor.
Governor Joseph C. Cua who stands as the chairperson of the Scholarship Board highlighted that the program will change people’s mindset that only those privileged have the opportunity to become a doctor or lawyer.
“Gusto kong paunti-unting burahin [sa pamamagitan ng scholarship program] ang ideyang hindi kaya ng isang mahirap na pamilya makapagpaaral ng abogasiya at medisina,” Governor Cua divulged in Bicol.
In fact, one of the scholars told her parents during the speech that they can now stop borrowing money since she is finally a scholar of the province.
“Sa aking mga magulang… tama na po ang pangungutang, iskolar na po ako ngayon,” Christine Tolentino, a medical scholar stated.
“Persistence really pays off and success is always reachable if you really want it,” she furthered.
Meanwhile, Christine’s father, Rudy Tolentino who is a retired public school teacher also gave a short message, extending his gratitude to the Provincial Government, and he expressed that the scholarship gives hope to fulfill his daughter’s dream.
“Ito ay malaking kabawasan sa gastos, at napawi ang aking pangamba na hindi makapagtapos ang aking anak sapagkat tanging sa aking buwanang pension lamang kinukuha ang pang-tuition nito,” Mr. Tolentino expressed in Bicol.
The said scholarship program is underscored in Provincial Ordinance No. 015-2021 or the “Catanduanes Medicine and Law Scholarship Program Ordinance” sponsored by Provincial Board Member Robert A. Fernandez, which aims to establish a medical and law scholarship, and return service program to help deserving students pursue medical and law education.
BOUND BY INK AND PAPER.
Three medical scholars together with their parents sign the five-year contract agreement for Medical scholarship program during the Memorandum of Agreement ceremony on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at the Provincial Capitol Lobby.
According to Provincial Information Officer Nikko Franco Templonuevo, the application process started from June 28-July 7 where 84 individuals applied but only 21 of them submitted the required documents, and these were evaluated by the Technical Committee.
He furthered that applicants who were able to comply had been qualified for interview. The interview process was held virtually and in-person, and lasted a total of two working days. Consequently, only four applicants were qualified and selected to avail the scholarship program for law while three for medicine.
The seven qualified scholars, as stipulated under the ordinance, are entitled to at least P150,000 per year for their tuition and other school fees.
On the other hand, other expenses, namely: allowance for prescribed books worth P20,000 per semester, P3,000 per year for clothing, monthly transportation fees worth P2,000, with an additional P4,000 annually for vacation break, and living allowances of P7,000 per month will also be provided.
In addition, scholars will also be granted P7,000 for one month summer internship allowance, and monthly lodging fees ranging from P7,000-15,000.
Moreover, qualified scholars of Doctor of Medicine will be provided with internship assistance worth P15,000, and an additional P15,000 for their Medical Board review fees. Meanwhile, law scholars will be given P20,000 for their Bar Exam review fees.
BOUND BY INK AND PAPER.
(From left) Assisted by the member of Scholarship Board Atty. Rizalina Tañon, four Catandunganon law scholars sign the five-year contract agreement for Law Scholarship program during the Memorandum of Agreement between them and the Provincial Government of Catanduanes on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at the Provincial Capitol Lobby.
Mandatory Return Service Program
All scholars are required to serve under the mandatory integration into the PLGU for at least one year for every scholarship year they availed.
They will receive appropriate salaries including other benefits for the service they will render as stated in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the ordinance.
On the other hand, they will also serve a one-month summer paid internship program in the provincial local government every summer until they graduate.
However, a scholar who has availed of the medicine or law scholarship but fails or refuses to comply with the mandatory return service and integration will be mandated to pay the full cost or in staggered basis of the scholarship, including benefits and other they availed from the PLGU.
Moreover, if the scholar does not pay the costs, their license would be cancelled or revoked through a request from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) from the Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC) for physicians; whereas lawyers would be disbarred by the Supreme Court (SC).