CHED to scholars: Complete your education, give back to the country

SAN JOSE, Antique, March 2 (PIA) - - Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairperson Prospero de Vera enjoined the CHED Scholars to complete their education, improve their lives and give back to the country.

In his message to the students of the University of Antique (UA) during his recent visit to the province, de Vera emphasized that the free college education and the scholarship grant are rare opportunities, thus they should make the most of their subsidy to complete their education, support their family, and give back to the country. 

The University System of UA has more than 16,000 students and a lot of them are recipients of Unified Student Financial Assistance, Tulong Dunong, and other scholarship grants.

CHED Chairperson Prospero de Vera during his visit at the University of Antique, Sibalom, Antique.

“The scholars need to pay forward, since the money being used to subsidize their education comes from the pocket of every Filipino who pay their taxes. Sila yong tunay na iskolar ng bayan, kasi ang bayan ang nagpapa-aral sa kanila," he said.

He added "The scholars are given the opportunity; they should maximize it to improve their lives and pay forward so that other young Filipinos who aspire to have a better life will also, be given the chance to finish their education."

De Vera cited the data sourced out from the Department of Education that out of 100 kids enrolled in Grade 1, only 25 reach the universities. He hoped that with the free tuition fee for tertiary education, the number of students finishing college could increase from 25 to 40 percent.

Likewise, CHED urged universities to be more proactive in teaching the students some livelihood skills and financial literacy so they will have knowledge and skills in handling their money and eventually, some can become entrepreneurs and business owners.

De Vera emphasized that it is the time to claim victory for higher education because of the implementation of free tuition fee which was given priority by the Duterte Administration.

He was recently in Antique in his capacity as Chairperson of CHED and also of the Board of Regents of the University of Antique.

Part of his visit is the promotion of CHED’s Study.PH Edutourism Program which intends to support the tourism industry to recover from the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

The University of Antique is a recipient of two programs under the study.PH grant, namely the Juan-A Go tourism program application to be developed by the University of Antique and Sipal EskUelA, an eco-adventure tourism sports summit to be hosted by the province towards the last quarter of this year. (JBG/psm/PIA-Antique)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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