3-party project for IP students set up

The Datu Bago Awardees Organization Inc. in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous People and the Republic of San Marino has established a tripartite education project focused on supporting IP students at the tertiary level in Davao City.

This project’s beneficiaries comprised of 115 IP students from the five IP ethno-linguistic groups: Bagobo Klata, Bagobo Tagabawa, Ata Manobu, Matigsalug and Obo Manubo.

The scholarship will be available in all schools in Davao city.

“Only IP students from these groups are qualified under NCIP guidelines,” Atty. Geronccio R. Aguio, regional director of NCIP during the media launching of the tripartite Education Project at the Royal Mandaya Hotel on Monday.

The program is an initiative of the DBAOI and the Republic of San Marino in their bid to help enable IP students finish their studies.

“By coincidence, Attache Petra Leonor Elopano was looking for a way to help IPs and she readily agreed to bring the matter to her consul who gave his blessings,” said Amelia Bonifacio, a member of the board of trustee and chair of the DABAOI education committee. The NCIP as third party does the screening of the scholars.

Aguio said that each scholar entitled P10,000 per semester.

Councilor Pilar Braga, chairperson of the DABAOI, serves as coordinator in campaigning for further support for the IP students.

The San Marino Consul, General Jean Henry D. Lhuillier sent Attache Leonor Petra Elepaño to participate in the event.

The European country will provide a free micro- insurance to each IP student and their respective families.

The micro-insurance is called  Alagang Cebuana Plus (ACP) pamilya care. It is an accident insurance and is amounting to P600 and will cover a family of six, the mother, the father and the siblings of four under 21 years of age. The insurance will be valid for one year and is renewable. This is offered for free to those scholars under the Datu Bago Awardee Organization to alleviate their living condition and to promote the micro insurance here in the Philippines.

Part of the San Marino’s representatives’ mission is to visit schools and meet and brief the IP students on this benefit on November 14 and 15 with DABAOI executive director, Maria Julieta R. Torres and trustees; Carmelina V Francia, Marina B. Ruvivar, Amelia B. Bonifacio and Salvacion U. Leuenberger.