May 27, 2024

A total of P3.744 billion has been released to the Commission on Higher Education to fund its “Tulong Dunong” scholarship program which provides financial assistance to qualified and deserving tertiary students, the Department of Budget and Management said.

In a release, the DBM said Sec. Amenah Pangandaman approved the issuance of the Special Allotment Release Order for the program on April 15.

“This scholarship program is a huge help for our dear students, especially those who are having financial difficulty or simply cannot afford to go to college,” Pangandaman said, as quoted by the DBM.

“Providing necessary funds for programs like this gives them a fighting chance to complete their degrees and ultimately give them a better future. As what President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. said, sa Bagong Pilipinas, dapat ay walang Pilipinong maiiwan,” she added.

The released amount is set to benefit 247,135 student-grantees enrolled in CHED-recognized public and private higher education institutions for the second semester of the academic year 2023-2024 and the first semester of AY 2024-2025.

The Tulong Dunong program is one of the components of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education-Tertiary Education Subsidy. – PNA