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Guidelines of the Fisheries Scholarship Program

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  1. GENERAL OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM COMPONENTS

 

  1. Program Background

                The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) through the Fisheries Scholarship Program (FSP),is granting full college scholarship to qualified high school graduates taking up Bachelor of Science in Fisheries (BSF).In the past, the FSP allowed other allied courses in fisheries; however, in 2010, it was agreed during the National FSP Coordinators Conference to focus the scholarship program on BS Fisheries consistent with the initiatives of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) towards the professionalization of Fisheries discipline.

 

The scholarship program has three (3) components: (1) the FSP Fisheries Industry Leader Grant (FILG) for Senior high school graduates and graduating students with Honors,* (2) the Fisherfolk Children Educational Grant (FCEG) for Senior high school graduates and graduating students whose parents are registered municipal fisherfolk and (3) FSP Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (FSP-ICCs/IPs) for poor but deserving Alternative Learning System (ALS)/High School/Senior High School graduates/graduating students who are members of a particular tribe recognized by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

 

  1. Legal Basis

 

  1. FSP-FILG

Special Order No. 201 dated August 29, 1979, issued by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos, established the “Ferdinand E. Marcos Scholarship Program for Fisheries”, and thereby created a Program Committee tasked to administer the scholarship program. The committee is composed of representatives from Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (MECS), UP College of Fisheries, BFAR, and the private sector.

 

Subsequently, President Marcos, under the Letter of Instructions No. 1014 dated April 19, 1980, directed the MNR and the BFAR to set aside two million pesos (PhP 2,000,000.00) to support the scholarship program. In its later operation, the funding requirement of the program has been included in the General Appropriations Act (GAA). The Ferdinand E. Marcos scholarship program was later renamed to FSP for Industry Leaders (IL).

 

Republic Act (RA) No. 8550, otherwise known as the “Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998”, recognized the mandate of BFAR to carry out the FSP and provided an annual appropriation thereof under the GAA.

 

With the amendments of RA 8550 in 2015 by RA 10654“An Act to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing”, the fund source for the FSP was further augmented by Section 142 (g) thereof, creating the Fisheries Management Fund, providing that ten percent (10%) of the total fund collected shall be used for the FSP implementation.

 

  1. FSP-FCEG

In 1994, upon the instruction of Secretary Edgardo Angara of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the BFAR implemented the second component of the FSP dubbed as the “Fisherfolk Children Educational Grant” (FCEG). The Program was piloted in Regions V and VIII, and the first batch in 1999, composed of forty-nine (49) scholars graduated in 2003.

 

  1. FSP-ICCs/IPs- RA 8371 (IPRA Law) Chapter VI-Sec 30 Educational System “The state shall provide equal access to various cultural opportunities to the ICCs/IPs through the educational system, public or private cultural entities, scholarship grants and other incentives without prejudice to their right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions by providing education in their own language, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning. Indigenous children/youth shall have the right to all levels and forms of education of the state.”
  1. Program Components
  1. FSP-FILG

This component is a merit-based scholarship for high school graduates who will pursue a 4-year BS Fisheries course.

  1. FSP-FCEG

This component is intended for poor but deserving high school graduates who will pursue a 4-yearBS Fisheries course and whose parents/legal guardian are Registered Municipal Fisherfolk (Fish-R/Mangingisdang Juan).

  1. FSP-ICCs/IPs

This component is intended for poor but deserving ALS/High School/Senior High School graduates/graduating students whose parents/guardians are members of a particular tribe recognized by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

  1. Program Objectives
  1. FSP-FILG
  • To produce professional manpower to serve the requirements of both the government and the fisheries industry and other related institutions by way of financial assistance to deserving high school graduates.
  • To assist in the placement of graduates of this program in appropriate employment opportunities in the fisheries industry and other related industries as well.
  • To complement and reinforce BFAR’s overall goals through manpower development.
  1. FSP-FCEG

In addition to the above objectives:

  • To assist deserving student whose parent(s) or legal guardian is a Registered Fisherfolk (Fish-R/Mangingisdang Juan) in the pursuit of college education for their socio-economic improvement.
  1. FSP-ICCs/IPs-to assist poor but deserving ICCs/IPs in the pursuit of college education in Fisheries thereby, empowering them to become self-reliant and capacitated, to meaningfully contribute to the promotion of their well-being and to nation-building, in general, and the fisheries sector, in particular.
  • School Fees. Miscellaneous fees as required by the curriculum not more than Php 2,000 per semester *
  • Monthly stipend/ Monthly living allowance to scholar upon submission of copy of grades every end of the semester; PhP. 5,000.00
  • On the Job Training (OJT)/Practicum Support to scholar upon submission of certificate of enrollment; PhP. 3,000.00

Book allowance

  • 1st year 1st semester- Php. 2,000 upon enrollment;
  • 1st year 2nd semester up to the succeeding years- book allowance shall be given upon submission of certificate of grades;

the scholar is no longer entitled to his book allowance on his 5th year.*

  • Thesis/Special Problem (or its equivalent) Support to scholar upon submission of certified true copy of thesis proposal and approval sheet- PhP. 7,000.00
  • Graduation Support to scholar upon submission of Certificate of Graduation/Certified True Copy of Diploma PhP. 1,500.00
  • One-time Relocation Allowance shall be given to all scholars every 1st semester of 1st year - Php. 3,000 (subject for amendment for FAO 257-1) *
  • One-time Uniform Allowance shall be given to all scholars every 1st semester of 1st year- Php. 2,000 (subject for amendment for FAO 257-1)*

*during ICCs/IPs session only

The Executive Committee (EXECOMM) may review the schedule of benefits and may eventually recommend to the BFAR Management adjustments, as may be necessary. All financial benefits are subject to government accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

  1. Criteria for Admission to the FSP

 

  1. FSP-FILG
  • Must be a natural-born Filipino citizen;
  • Any high school graduate or graduating student;
  • Not more than 25 years old at the time of the examination, who has not earned any units in college;
  • Who belongs to the TOP TEN of his/ her graduating class, duly certified by the school head/ principal;
  • For high school graduate applicants who completed their high school under the old curriculum, the general weighted average (GWA) shall not be lower than 80%;
  • For graduating students GWA of the last 3 immediate preceding semesters of his Senior High School in any Track shall not be lower than 80% or its equivalent
  • Of good moral character as certified by the school head;
  • Parent(s)/guardian or the applicant must be physically residing in the municipality of the region for at least six (6) months, where the slot of the scholarship program is allotted.

 

  1. FSP-FCEG
  • Must be a natural-born Filipino citizen;
  • Any Senior high school graduate or graduating student whose parent(s) or guardian is a Registered Fisherfolk (Fish-R/Mangingisdang Juan);
  • Not more than 25 years old at the time of the examination, who has not earned any units in college
  • For high school graduate applicants who completed their high school under the old curriculum, the general weighted average (GWA) shall not be lower than 80%;
  • For Senior High School students under K12 curriculum, graduating students GWA of the last 3 immediate preceding semesters of his Senior High School in any Track shall not be lower than 80% or its equivalent
  • Of good moral character as certified by the School Head/Principal;
  • Parent(s)/guardian or the applicant must be physically residing in the municipality of the Region for at least six (6) months, where the slot of the scholarship program is allotted;
  • Parent(s)/guardian must be registered municipal fisherfolk duly certified by the Municipal Agricultural Officer (MAO) or the BFAR Regional Office in his/her area.

 

  1. c. FSP-ICCs/IPs
  • Must be a natural-born Filipino citizen;
  • Any ALS/HS/SHS graduates/graduating students;
  • Not more than 25 years old at the time of the examination, whether or not he has earned any units in college;
  • Bona fide member of an ethno-linguistic group in his/her community duly recognized by the NCIP;
  • For ALS/high school graduate applicants the general weighted average (GWA) shall not be lower than 80%;
  • For graduating students under Kto12 program, Grade 11 GWA shall not be lower than 80% or its equivalent;
  • Of good moral character as certified by the School Head/Principal;
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) or the applicant must be physically residing in the municipality/ICCs of the Region for at least six (6) months, where the slot of the scholarship program is allotted;

 

  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) must be a member of a particular tribe recognized by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

 

  1. Study Placement
  1. FSP-FILG

The scholar may choose among the BFAR-recognized/accredited State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) (Annex 1) offering BSF course. However, the FSP admission examination is independent of the SUC’s entrance examination. 

  1. FSP-FCEG

The scholar may choose among the SUC’s offering BSF course accredited by Commission on Higher Education (CHED). However, the FSP admission examination is independent of the SUC’s entrance examination.

  1. FSP-ICCs/IPs

The scholar may enroll in any SUCs offering BSF course accredited by Commission on Higher Education (CHED) proximal or outside of their region. However, the FSP admission examination is independent of the SUC’s entrance examination.

  1. Duration of Scholarship

The FSP is strictly for a 4-year course in BS Fisheries except for ICCs/IPs. However, the running of the 4-year period may be subject to interruption or suspension based on allowable grounds. All other expenses incurred beyond four (4) years shall be shouldered by the scholar. 

*The FSP-ICCs/IPs is strictly for a 5-year course in BS Fisheries. However, the running of the 5-year period may be subject to interruption or suspension based on allowable grounds. All other expenses incurred beyond five (5) years shall be shouldered by the scholar.

*during session for IP only

  1. ADMINISTRATION PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS

 

  1. Recruitment, Application, Examination & Ranking Process
  2. Information Dissemination

                a.1. FSP-FILG, FCEG and FSP-ICCs/IPs

In coordination with Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the FSP-MCU shall conduct the information dissemination process. FSP-MCU shall utilize the multimedia: Print (newspapers, posters, flyers, etc.); Broadcast (television and radio); and the Internet (BFAR website, e-mails, social networking sites, etc.).

 

The Regional FSP Coordinators and Alternates shall coordinate with the Provincial Fishery Office (PFO), MA and MAO for the assistance in promotion of the Program and recruitment of FSP examinees.

 

 

 

  1. Documentary Requirements

                b.1. FSP-FILG

  • Duly accomplished and signed FSP Application Form for the FILG (Annex 2)
  • Original or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued either by PSA (formerly NSO) or Civil Registrar
  • Certified True Copy of Report Card Form 138 or 137 (GWA of last 3 semesters of Senior High School is at least 80%)

Certification from the School Head that the applicant belongs to the TOP TEN of the graduating class

  • Certification of good moral character from the School Registrar
  • Two (2) recent 2x2 pictures taken within the last three (3) months prior to filing of application; colored with white background
  • Barangay Residence Certificate

                b.2. FSP-FCEG

  • Duly accomplished and signed FSP Application Form for the FCEG (Annex 3)
  • Original or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued either by PSA (formerly NSO) or Civil Registrar
  • Certified True Copy of Report Card Form 138 or 137 (GWA of last 3 semesters of Senior High School is at least 80% )
  • Certification of good moral character from the School Registrar
  • Photocopy of Fish-R/Mangingisdang Juan ID or Certificate of Registration of parent(s)/guardian (issued by the MAO or BFAR)
  • Two (2) recent 2x2 pictures taken within the last three (3) months prior to filing of application; colored with white background
  • Barangay Residence Certificate of the parent(s)/guardian
  • In case of guardianship, affidavit executed by the guardian attesting that the applicant is his/her ward for at least five (5) years.    

                b.3 FSP-ICCs/IPs

  • Duly accomplished and signed FSP Application Form for the FSP-ICCs/IPs (Annex ___)
  • Original or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued either by PSA (formerly NSO) or Civil Registrar
  • Certified True Copy of Report Card Form 138 or 137 (GWA of Grade 11 shall not be lower than 80%)
  • Certification of good moral character from the School Registrar
  • Certificate of Confirmation (COC) issued by NCIP-Regional/Provincial
  • Two (2) recent 2x2 pictures taken within the last three (3) months prior to filing of application; colored with white background
  • Barangay Residence Certificate of the parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • In case of guardianship, affidavit executed by the guardian(s) attesting that the applicant is his/her ward for at least five (5) years.

 

DOWNLOADABLE FORMS

         

  1.  Fisherfolk Children Educational Grant Application Form
  2.  Fisheries Industry Leaders Grant Application Form
  3.  FSP-INDIGENOUS CULTURAL COMMUNITIES (ICCs)/INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (IPs) Application Form