ISIP: New hope for Iloilo’s youth
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ISIP: New hope for Iloilo’s youth

Dec 19, 2023, 2:59 AM
Cheryl Luis True

Cheryl Luis True


The recent launch of the Integrated Scholarships and Incentives Program (ISIP) for the Youth in Iloilo City marks a significant step towards providing educational opportunities and empowerment for indigent students. The program, a collaborative effort between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), aims to support deserving students in pursuing higher education and preparing them for future professional success.

The event, which took place at the West Visayas State University Cultural Center, was part of the Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair (BPSF) launched by President Bongbong Marcos. Iloilo City Lone District Rep. Julienne Baronda emphasized the historical significance of the occasion, highlighting that Congress chose Iloilo City for the nationwide launch.

Under the ISIP for the Youth program, 3,000 indigent students in Iloilo City are enrolled in CHED's "Tulong Dunong" scholarship program, receiving a substantial PHP15,000 annual grant until graduation. Additionally, they benefit from the DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations, receiving PHP2,000 every semester. This comprehensive support system extends to priority inclusion in the Government’s Internship Program, providing valuable work experience and employment opportunities.

House Speaker Martin Romualdez, a key figure at the launch, emphasized the program's role in assisting deserving learners, enabling them to continue their education and contribute to the country's development. The involvement of various government agencies reflects a holistic approach to addressing the needs of the students and their families.

The testimonials of students like Denie Villaruz and Patricia Angela Gallon underscore the tangible impact of the program on individuals facing financial challenges. Denie, a Business Administration student, expressed gratitude for the program, recognizing its role in alleviating financial burdens, especially for those unable to secure working student opportunities. Patricia, a graduating Education student, echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the program's blessing for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The launch of ISIP for the Youth in Iloilo City is part of a broader initiative, the BPSF, which aims to bring government services directly to the people. With 51 government agencies offering 160 programs and services worth PHP1 billion, the event addresses diverse needs, including passport applications, legal assistance, livelihood support, and medical services.

House Speaker Romualdez, reflecting on President Marcos Jr.'s commitment, stated that the BPSF is a testament to the promises made during the election campaign. The initiative, which has already visited eight provinces, aims to reach all 82 provinces, showcasing a dedication to serving the nation.

The launch of ISIP for the Youth in Iloilo City is a commendable step towards building a brighter future for indigent students. The program reflects a commitment to accessible education, empowering the youth to overcome financial barriers and contribute meaningfully to the nation's progress. As the BPSF continues its journey across the Philippines, it promises inclusive development and opportunities for all.

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