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Gatchalian urges DepEd to fast track distribution of Bayanihan 2 financial aid

Bayanihan 2 financial aid

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Department of Education to fast track the release of Bayanihan 2 financial aid.

Bayanihan 2 provides for subsidies and allowances to qualified students in private and public elementary, secondary, and tertiary education whose families are facing financial difficulties affected by economic downturn amid pandemic.

Beneficiaries of Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Listahanan, Education Service Contracting (ESC) Program, Senior High School Voucher Program (SHS VP), and Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) are not included in these subsidies.

These subsidies must be used for unpaid tuition for the school year (SY) 2019-2020 or for payment of tuition fee for SY 2020-2021.Based on Department of Budget and Management (DBM) website, the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) allows the release of P300 million to DepEd for these subsidies was already approved on December 18, 2020.

“Maraming mga mag-aaral ang matagal nang naghihintay ng tulong pinansyal upang maibsan ang kanilang pangamba pagdating sa mga pangangailangan sa edukasyon. Dapat nating bigyan ng prayoridad ang mabilis na pagpapamahagi ng ayudang ito upang maiparating na natin ang tulong na matagal na nilang hinihintay,” Gatchalian said.