By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya is proposing to grant scholarships to persons with disabilities (PWDs) and their children.
He said the government should serve as “supreme guardian” of those who are physically disadvantaged, citing the inherent power and authority of the State to act as the parent of any citizen who is in need of safeguard and protection.
“It shall render utmost considerations to the educational needs of all PWDs and their children. The State must provide them equal access to free and accessible education in the form of scholarship grants to help them obtain a college degree,” he said.
“In this way, PWDs and their children will be equipped with necessary educational competence to enable them to cope up with the socio-economic challenges that confront them,” he stressed.
He filed House Bill 568 or the proposed Comprehensive PWD Scholarship Act of 2019 seeking to grant scholarships to PWDs and their families.
The bill tasks the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), along with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), to serve as key implementing arms of the proposed law.
HB 568 provides that the amount necessary for the effective implementation of the proposed Act shall be charged against the appropriations for DepEd and CHED under the current General Appropriations Act (GAA). Thereafter, such amount as may be necessary for its continued implementation shall be included in the annual GAA.