A farmer’s daughter who placed top 9 in the Agriculturist Licensure Exam, a Math major who graduated Magna cum Laude despite financial difficulties, and a former indigent who is now serving her fellow Filipinos as a Social Worker.

These are just some of the inspiring stories of scholars and grants-in-aid beneficiaries from Region 1 featured in the magazine Images and a corresponding video documentary.

Published by Commission on Higher Education Regional Office 1 (CHEDRO I), Images serves as a platform for 11 CHED Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPS) beneficiaries to tell their stories and inspire college students to strive harder to finish their degrees. It was formally launched on September 28, 2018 at the Recognition Rites for the Region 1 Grantees of Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation Program (ESGP-PA) in Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) in La Union. CHED Officer-in-Charge Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III and National Youth Commission Chairman Ronald Gian Carlo L. Cardema graced the said event.

ESGP-PA is a grants-in-aid program dedicated to college students of families under Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) who are qualified to enroll in selected State Universities and Colleges. Meanwhile, CHED Merit Scholarship provides financial support to poor yet academically-deserving Filipino students.

“This feature magazine will serve as a repertoire of words and images that showcases the indomitable spirit of these individuals who never ceased searching and working their way to opening doors of opportunities through the CHED StuFAPs which has become an indispensable tool towards the fulfilment of their dreams. A lasting memento designed to traverse the chronicles of time and to motivate the CHED to continue with its noble endeavor in implementing financial assistance to poor and deserving college students since its creation in the year 1994,” CHED OIC De Vera III stated in the publication’s foreword.

Images featured the stories of the following inspiring beneficiaries:

· Hazel H. Achuela, BS Agriculture, Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) / Top 9, Agriculturist Licensure Examination (November 2017)

· Janice P. Moya, BS Industrial Education, Cum Laude, DMMMSU

· Aveshiel C. Oreiro, BS Industrial Education, Cum Laude, DMMSU

· Princess Joy A. Paa, B Elementary Education, Cum Laude, University of Northern Philippines (UNP)

· Andy V. Gonzales, BA Communications, Magna cum Laude, UNP

· Cathy B. Sumao-i, B Elementary Education, Cum Laude, North Luzon Philippines State College

· Alheli P. Cayabyab, BS Social Work (with Distinction), Pangasinan State University

· Celina C. Rabaja, BS Agricultural Engineering, DMMMSU / Board Passer, Licensed Agricultural Engineer

· Vanessa R. Mateo, BS Computer Engineering, MMSU

· Marisol C. Salvador, B Secondary Education, Magna cum Laude, Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College

· Venus P. Andaya, B Secondary Education, Philippine College of Science and Technology / Licensed Professional Teacher

CHEDRO I Director IV Dr. Cherrie Melanie Ancheta-Diego was grateful to the beneficiaries for their testaments in inspiring others achieve their goals.

“May this account of hard work, determination and achievements of our grantees greatly increase the enthusiasm and inspiration of other young people to persevere through every challenge, remain confident, passionate and determined in pursuing their dreams,” Director Diego said.

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