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[In the news] Demolition at San Juan village resumes after brief standoff – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News

Demolition at San Juan village resumes after brief standoff – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News.

Tension gripped a village in San Juan City anew Friday as residents faced off with a demolition team ordered to take down the shanties there.

Residents of Corazon de Jesus village confronted members of the demolition team and refused to let them destroy their houses, radio dzBB‘s Glen Juego reported.

However, the tension eased after the residents and the demolition team reached a compromise of sorts where the demolition would only demolish the houses of residents who agreed to be relocated.

Some 287 houses in the area were initially scheduled to be demolished, the report said.

The area where the demolition was to take place will be the site of the new government center and City Hall. – VVP, GMA News

[In the news] Review natl scholarship fund – Kabataan party-list – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News

Review natl scholarship fund – Kabataan party-list – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News.

Incoming college freshman Cherry Hulgado has long dreamed of studying at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City. She graduated at the top of her class in high school and qualified to enter the state university’s Sociology program, but she has a problem.

Hulgado’s first semester matriculation expenses, already net of the benefits from UP’s Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program, amount to P7,000 — way beyond her unemployed parents’ means.

In a report on GMA News TV’s “State of the Nation” on Tuesday, Hulgado shared with reporter Joseph Morong her problem.

“Pinag -hirapan ko ito. Nandito na, bakit pakakawalan ko pa? Kaya lang may bagay na pumipigil sa amin. Wala na sanang problema kung may pambayad,” she said.

Hulgado is one of many UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) passers who want to study at the university but cannot afford even the heavily-subsidized fees because of financial constraints.

Kabataan Party-list Representative Raymond Palatino said it’s about time government updates its scholarship fund.

“Paano kung umaasa yung bata kasi iskolar ng bayan siya? Akala niya may libreng edukasyon sa UP tapos wala palang option kundi magtrabaho na lamang. Sayang naman ‘di ba?”

According to the party-list representative, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) allocates P5,000 per semester to its scholars while the House of Representatives gives P10,000 per student annually. The amount, the report noted, would scarcely be enough to cover Hulgado’s expenses.

The CHED, according to its website, has various types of scholarship grants ranging from P2,500 to P15,000 per semester.

The UP University Registrar revealed that 1,011 of the 3,826 UPCAT 2010 passers did not confirm their slots. Of those that confirmed, 303 did not enroll. Some students did not push through with UP because they were offered scholarships in private universities.

“Kung magpatuloy ang trend na ito, ang UP hindi nalang siya magiging pamantasan ng mahihirap na matalino, pamantasan nalang ito ng mayayaman na matatalino,” Palatino said. — Bea Cupin/ELR/VS, GMA News