“The Covid-19 pandemic may have limited our mobility but it does not or will not overcome our commitment and passion to create a bigger global classroom of responsible student learners and travellers. And we encourage all of you to join us with this project,” Atty. Lily Frieda M. Milla, CESO IV, International Affairs Staff – CHED, said.
Following the approval of its project proposals for Edutourism initiative of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), University of Antique(UA) organized the presentation of the CHED-UA Study.PH Program which was graced by CHED Chairperson J. Prospero De Vera III at the paghiUsA Hall, February 28.
The university was among the 17 State Universities and Colleges(SUCs) in the country identified as grantees of the CHED’s program in which the proposals promote culture preservation, economic tourism, and environmental conservation.
As a response to these components, UA came up with two Edutourism programs; Juan-A-Go Tourism Program and Sipal eskUelA: A Tertiary Sports Tourism Project.
Juan-A-Go project aims to establish local and international linkages and capabilities towards efficient and effective delivery of learning and to improve the infrastructure to support innovations in knowledge generation and education.
The said project has an alliance with the Local Government Units (LGUs) of the province and Antique Provincial Tourism Office
Sipal eskUelA, on the other hand, is an avenue for improving educational outcomes, establishing national and international linkages, attracting foreign students and sports enthusiasts in the university through Eco-Based Sports, Sports Summit, and Friendship Games as its major components.
In fact, Sipal eskUelA was designed prior to Covid-19 pandemic so the challenge now is on how UA can normalize it in the new normal.
“The good thing about this project, ang mga estudyante natin ang mga gagawa nito, as attached actually in their courses, so very related talaga. It could enrich their learning and at the same time make this later on as our leverage by which we could be establishing linkages with other HEIs who are also in similar activities,” Dr. Pablo S. Crespo Jr, University President, said.
United Financial Assistance for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) was one of the partners of this project, and Atty. Ryan L. Estevez, OIC Office of the Executive Director IV, was present during the program who gave his message about the CHED Scholarship.
He emphasized that students who were chosen to receive financial support from the government did not directly mean they are poor, but because they need it and are deserving of the trust of the government to make the most of their lives, talents, and commitments to be better professionals to serve the country.
Moreover, 16,000 students of the university are currently enjoying free tuition and miscellaneous fees wherein 2,000 are Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) beneficiaries, the most numbered beneficiaries in the whole region.
“Ang mga hinihingi lang naman ng ating mga kabataan dito, they are not asking for privilege. They are not asking to be treated differently. They are not asking for special consideration. All they are asking for is a chance to study—ang hinihingi lang ay ang pagkakataon at pag-asa,” De Vera said in his speech.
De Vera added that all he is asking from the students is to take studying seriously, finish their education at the right time, study well, improve themselves, improve the lives of their respective families, and give back to the nation.
There will also be a 59-second video contest, led by De Vera, that will show how the TES grant has made a difference in the lives and learning of the student grantees from around the world.
Study.PH is part of building the internalization of competitiveness of Philippine Higher Education Program funded under the Higher Education Development Fund.
Written by Jorielyn Martizano and Louie John Servancia