6 agrarian scholars
in EV earn college degrees
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
June 22, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY – Six more
recipients of the Programang Agraryo Iskolar (PAI) in Region-8 joined
thousands other graduates who completed college education this school
Department of Agrarian Reform Region 8 Director Eliasem Castillo said
that three of the scholars graduated from the Eastern Samar State
University (ESSU) main campus while the remaining three from the
Visayas State University (VSU) Tolosa, Leyte Campus; Southern Leyte
State University (SLSU) Tomas Oppus campus and Naval State University
(NSU) in Naval, Biliran.
The three graduates from ESSU in Borongan City all took up a degree in
Grace Lumaghos and Christian Jay Lopido finished Civil Engineering,
while Andrie Caspe completed a course in Electrical Engineering.
Meanwhile Gabriel Abad, Alma Labastida and Aigy Rose completed BS
Fisheries (VSU), BS in Information Technology (SLSU) and BS Education
All six graduates are dependents of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs)
which made them qualified to avail of the PAI offered by the
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) as among the numerous support
services extended under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program
According to Director Castillo, in Eastern Visayas, there were 108
recipients of the scholarship program who have earned college degrees
as of April of this year.
DAR started offering this scholarship program to deserving children of
ARBs during the school year 2003-2004.
Since then, 2,494 recipients have already graduated from various
courses throughout the country as of 2012.
Director Castillo added that many of them have landed better paying
jobs in the region and in Metro Manila.
Castillo further disclosed that in 2009, Mr. Omar Jayag, one of the
PAI recipients in the Region, placed 5th in the Agricultural
Engineering Board exam.
Currently, Jayag is in Belgium taking up advanced studies, Mr. Jose
Alsmith Soria, DAR Information Officer said.