Capitol lowers passing rate for IP scholars to 75 percent

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MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/ 17 October) – Just in time for the second day of the Bukidnon Indigenous Peoples’ Congress, Gov. Alex Calingasan announced Tuesday his administration has lowered the scholarship admission passing rate for indigenous peoples from 85 percent to 75 percent.

He said the usual scholarships require high school students to have 85 percent average grade to avail with the provincial government’s scholarship programs, but he would change that because educational resources and media exposure are only concentrated in the urban centers.

“Those in rural areas, where the IP students live, they are not so exposed, they are disadvantaged,” he explained.

Datu Macabadbad Russel Aquino, officer in charge of the Provincial Indigenous Communities Affairs Division, said that aside from Calingasan’s scholarship, educational assistance is also given to IP students where they have at least 240 recipients.

Calingasan stated that he has employed the scheme since 2010 to enable more IP students to participate.

The governor was not around when the three-day first ever IP congress opened on Monday. About 700 participants have deliberated on the province-wide IP legislative agenda, the major document eyed to be an output for the congress.

It will be presented to provincial legislators and local executives Wednesday. (Walter I. Balane/BukidnonNews)