ISKOLAR—a scholarship program under the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) recently conducted the second phase of the screening of scholars at the Executive Conference Room of the Western Mindanao State University on Friday, November 29.
Amihilda Sangcopan, Chief of Staff of the ORG led the line of interviewers of the scholarship who are all staff of the ARMM-ORG. According to Sangcopan, who represented ARMM Governor Hon. Mujiv Hataman, the core objective of ISKOLAR is to help the underprivileged yet academically qualified students from across ARMM, to encourage the youth to place more importance to what the community needs, to take steps to turn dreams into realities and to bring ARMM into the mainstream culture, thus the theme “Iskolar para sa pagbabago, para sa Bangsamoro.”
Prior to the interview, the scholars underwent qualifying examinations in five provinces in ARMM on October 19.
Through a written speech by Gov. Hataman, Sangcopan stressed out that education will always be the main agenda of the ARMM, adding that the Governor will invest in education for as long as he is in the post.
Dr. Edena Fernandez, Director of the Scholarship Office of WMSU welcomed the staff of the ARMM-ORG and the would-be scholars of the program from the region, including those from WMSU.
The scholarship program, which will cover school year 2014-2015, is in line with the ARMM government’s HELPS (Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Synergy) program. (AJ Dalugdug, PAO-WMSU)