by BA Recebido
Sorsogon City (12 August) — A total of 38 scholars are now enrolled at the Mariners Polytechnic College Foundation in Baras, Camarines Sur, under the DBP Endowment for Education Program (DEEP).
Abelardo L. Monarquia, DBP senior vice president, said that scholars who were picked from across the region are now sure to finish college through the P1-B DEEP.
Monarquia said government financing institutions (GFIs) like DBP are now being tapped by the government to serve as channels to help develop future pillars of the country by financing special scholarship programs.
Monarquia, who is also the DBP Bicol regional management center head, added that DBP is now on its second year of assisting underprivileged but promising Filipino students to finish their maritime courses, corollary too President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s program of investing in the sustained development of the country’s human resource.
“The initiative is in response to the projected huge demand for Filipino seafarers to man international vessels in the next 15 to 20 years,” he added.
He also said that by forging partnership with ship owners here and abroad, future DEEP maritime graduates are assured of employment.
He explained that under the program, the DBP pays for the scholars’ tuition and other school expenses, from first year college until their graduation, and covers the whole range of the scholars’ requirements.
“Right now, we still encourage applicants who belong to the top 20 of their high school graduating class with an annual family income of not more than P150,000, physically and mentally fit, of good moral character, and passed the entrance/admission tests of DEEP partners schools and the National Career Aptitude Exam,” he noted.
“We would like to encourage our scholars to sustain the program,” Monarquia says. “This way, other poor but deserving students may likewise benefit from the project.
It can be noted, that during the DEEP’s launching, DBP has piloted a career in nursing knowing the country to have very good nursing schools producing excellent nurses.
However, due to oversupply of nursing graduates nowadays, the program has instead shifted to maritime course, taking into account that the Philippines has been a traditional supplier of shipping crew, with a global share estimated at 28 percent.
However, DEEP will not only limit to maritime course but also preparing to help students in Bicol who have inclinations to technical and vocational courses, especially that there is also a continued demand for blue collar jobs like chefs, welders, caregivers, lathe machine operators, and electronics technicians here and abroad. (PIA Sorsogon)