UA participates in 1st HEI day; TES grantees thank De Vera

Commemorating the 27th founding anniversary of Commission on Higher Education (CHED), University of Antique (UA) participated in the 1st National Higher Education Day through a week-long virtual activity from May 17 until May 21 via Zoom and Facebook live.

This year’s event featured the theme “PADYAK! Moving Forward, Claiming Victory for Philippine Higher Education Pamantasan: Pandayan Tungo sa Kaunlaran” citing the stories of success from the students who benefited from the free higher education, thus, UA kicked-off the celebration with a biking activity that took place in nearby barangays in Sibalom for the UA Main Campus and Tibiao town proper for UA Tario Lim Memorial Campus (TLMC) with the participation of the university stakeholders.

Dr. Nelly E. Mistio, director of UA Main Campus, was present with university president, Dr. Pablo Crespo Jr. and kasUbaykers, during the kick-off activity of the 1st National Higher Education Day in UA. | Photo by Floriette Ann Arnaiz

For Dr. Pablo S. Crespo Jr., university president, the implementation of Free Higher Education is just like in learning the skills in biking that initiates with a slow start, but with dedication and keeping in place the policies and procedures, the delivery of Free Higher Education has been more inclusive and have reached many students not only in public but also in private HEIs.

In UA, virtual events officially started on the second day, May 18 which was declared as National Higher Education Day by virtue of Republic Act (RA) No. 11522, where the university highlighted the stories of Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) grantees.

According to Dr. Wilfredo N. Muhat, director of Student Affairs and Services (SAS) of UA Main Campus, the Sibalom campus has 1,888 TES grantees while Hamtic Campus has 270 beneficiaries for AY 2018-2019 and for the next academic year, AY 2019-2020, the total grantees in UA Main Campus 1,833 (1st semester) and 1,708 (2nd semester) as Hamtic Campus total grantees were 658 (1st semester) and 279 (2nd semester).

Meanwhile, according to Dr. Jose N. Magbanua, coordinator of SAS in UA TLMC, the campus has 843 grantees for the pioneering year of free higher education implementation with 776 grantees for first semester and 739 grantees in the following academic year.

The SAS heads, together with Dr. May T. Delgado, campus director of UA TLMC, encouraged the students, especially the scholars to not take the scholarship for granted, stay dedicated in their studies, and be thankful to the government for the scholarship opportunity.

Student grantees of the UA system expressed their gratitude to CHED, particularly to Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera III, for the gift of free higher education to achieve their dreams despite their poverty and and further support their family through it.

A student from UA Hamtic Campus expresses his gratitude being one of the grantees of TES which helped him finance his schooling and household expenses during the community quarantine.

[Pagkatapos] ng pagtatarabaho sa Maynila nang tatlong taon ay nabigyan ako ng University of Antique ng pagkakataong makapag-aral muli dahil sa ini-offer nilang free tuition para sa gaya kong kapos sa [pera] [pam]pinansyal… Umuwi ako sa Antique at itinuloy ang aking pag-aaral sa kolehiyo (After working in Manila for three years, I was given a chance by UA to pursue schooling because of its free tuition for financially challenged students like me),” Melvin Agustin said, a Cooperatives Management student and a TES grantee said in one of the video messages about the success of the free tertiary education in the university.

Agustin added that when he received his subsidy for the second time, he put up a barber shop business in front of their house spending P15,000 in building it and P5,000 in tools and equipment.

This academic year, UA Main Campus has 1,481 grantees while UA Hamtic Campus has 241 beneficiaries, and UA TLMC has 645 scholarship recipients.

Written by Jorielyn E. Martizano, Associate Editor

Author: theprismdaily

The Official Student Publication of University of Antique Main Campus

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