"They are in good hands," parents laud Sirib initiatives

Dec 14, 2018 ...

Parents are appreciative of Sirib programs of the Ilocos Norte Youth Development Office (INYDO) under the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte. This was learned during the Sirib Scholarship Orientation and Stipend Distribution held Monday, December 10, at the Centennial Arena attended by 430 scholars together with their parents.

"Nagpapasalamat kami sa mga programa ng probinsiya, lalo na ang Sirib at sa hangarin nitong tulungan ang mga kabataan, gaya ng aking anak. Malaking bagay ang pagiging Sirib scholar nila upang hindi sila maligaw ng landas,'' said Leonida U. Dela Cruz of Barangay 1, Pasuquin, whose daughter, Ma. Michaela Ubatan is a third-year BSBA Financial Management student at Data Center College of the Philippines.

"Yung vacant time nila, imbes na maglakwatsa ay pumupunta sila sa Sirib office para tumulong at mag-volunteer. Supportive ako sa aking anak pagdating sa mga activity ng Sirib dahil alam ko na dito,they are in good hands. Nabibigyan sila ng dunong na magiging gabay nila upang hindi nila maisip na gumawa ng masama o ng mga bagay na makakasira sa pag-aaral nila," she added.

The Sirib Young Leader (SYL) and Sirib Community Leader (SCL) scholarships are among seven educational assistance programs offered by the PGIN under Governor Imee R. Marcos. They require beneficiaries to hold leadership involvement, whether in the school, church, or elsewhere. Both also require scholars to render community service; meanwhile, they differ in terms of  maintaining grade.

Both are also administered by the Ilocos Norte Youth Development Office (INYDO) while others are managed by the Provincial Education Department (PED).

Allieah Kay Cayaban, an SYL scholar, shared that: "The stipend I received is a big help for my studies and to my family. Bukod sa nagsisilbi itong allowance sa school, nakakatulong rin ito para sa araw-araw na gastusin sa bahay."

Meanwhile, Ubatan, an SCL scholar, shared that aside from the financial benefits of the program, "Mas naging aware ako sa mga programa at proyekto ng PGIN. Natuto akong makisalamuha sa ibang tao, at mas nahubog ang pagiging lider ko na ngayo'y naibabahagi ko sa aking kapwa, paaralan, at sa aming komunidad."

From 2011, over 10,000 tertiary and technical-vocational scholarships have been granted by the PGIN.Of this number, 3,477 are within the SYL and SCL programs. The number of recipients is expected to increase further by the next semester in 2019, according to Mr. Patrick John Ratuita, INYDO staff.

"Marami na tayong scholars ngayon, pero gusto nating mas mapadami pa. Target namin for next sem is more than 1,000 para mas marami pa tayong ma-empower na mga kabataan sa pamamagitan ng edukasyon,'' he said.

by Stewart Ocampo



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