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Speed up distribution of Bayanihan 2 subsidies: Gatchalian

SENATOR SHERWIN Gatchalian urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to speed up its distribution of subsidies to students in basic education under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2)

“A lot of students have been waiting for financial aid to ease their worries when it comes to their education needs,” Gatchalian, chair of the Senate basic education committee, said.

Gatchalian made the call after the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recently reported that it gave P5,000 worth of subsidies to over 54,000 students in private colleges and universities who have unpaid tuition and miscellaneous fees.

CHED distributed the grant through the Bayanihan 2 for Higher Education Tulong program, which had a total allocation of P300 million.

Under Bayanihan 2, the government’s second coronavirus pandemic relief measure in the amount of P600 million was allotted as financial aid to qualified students in both basic and higher education.

Qualified students in basic education include those who are not covered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Listahanan, the Education Service Contracting program, and the Senior High School Voucher Program.

Last month, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11519, which extended the validity of Bayanihan 2 until June 30 this year.