Last February 14, 2020, at the SLSU CAM Auditorium, the “Additional TES and ESGP-PA Grantees’ General Orientation and Distribution of Subsidy for AY 2018-2019” was held. Dr. Marietta A. Villaverde, Dean of Office of Student Affairs and Services, gave a welcome address for the participants (student-grantees and parents) on behalf of the University President, Dr. Doracie B. Zoleta-Nantes. The speech was then followed by the discussion of the “Admission and Retention Policies” in which Dr. Villaverde enumerated the importance of maintaining a good grade even though the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) does not have a grade requirement.
The Orientation proper was facilitated by Mr. Gilbert N. Andaluz, Focal Person of UniFAST and TES. He discussed the “Universal Access to Quality Education Act or RA 10931” and “Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) Utilization”. He elaborated on the provisions, qualifications, prioritizations, and all the programs that the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is providing. He differentiated the term “Equality” to “Equity” in which “Equality” represents the free higher education that every student is enjoying while the “Equity” is the additional grants given to those selected qualified students for the fairness in every situation since they needed it most. He also differentiated “Needs” to “Wants” wherein he gave an example. Also, the presentation became interactive since there were questions given to some student-grantees.
The last part the orientation is the presentation of the accredited boarding houses that were presented by Professor Gerald R. Villasenor, Head of Student Housing and Residential Services. He explained to the students and to their parents the importance of living in an accredited boarding house for their safety and security since those accredited boarding houses complied with all the requirements for operating the said business. The boarding house owners had an agreement with Prof. Villasenor to check the boarding houses and the students anytime.
In the afternoon event, the subsidy of each student-grantees, 14 ESGP-PA and 171 TES, was distributed through the help of the Cashiering Staffs. TES and ESGP-PA Grantees fell in line starting from the farthest to the nearest location of the Campus they belong. Students and parents go home with joy since the subsidy given was very helpful to provide all the needs for their education.
Author: Ms. Mariel C. Gatdula