By Teng Lauban Datu
Cotabato City Bureau Chief
GENERAL SANTOS City — Moro graduates from batches 2013-2017 were acknowledged during the recently held Bangsamoro Graduates’ Assembly late last month.
The ceremony is in line with the government’s extended financial support to former rebels or members of their families and communities who express their desire to enroll in college.
Through the joint grant programs created between the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) and the Commission on Higher Education (Ched), beneficiaries under the Opapp-Ched and the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) Study Grant Program received a total of P10,000 per year.
Meanwhile, graduates under the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Study Grant Program received a maximum of P20,000 annually in the course of their grant entitlements.
“Education daw is a right but at the same time, ‘yong tulong na natanggap natin habang tayo’y naga- aral ay isang biyaya. Hindi lahat ay nagkakaroon ng ganitong pagkakataon. Kaya kasabay ng gani-tong biyaya, kailangan ay may kaakibat itong responsibilidad,” reminded Opapp Assistant Secretary Rolando Asuncion during his inspirational message to the graduates.
In addition to the recognition and awarding of the graduates, the assembly also provided career orientation and consultations for current job openings in the government, private sector and abroad.
“We would like to commend Opapp and Ched – ‘yong word na thank you, hindi siya sapat para bayaran ‘yong effort ng agency para ma-push through ‘yong study grant,” said Jamadee Amat, a grantee from the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Study Grant Program who graduated cum laude at Mindanao State University.