Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program

I.        Summary of Information

PROFILE

DESCRIPTION

Implementation Period

Beginning School Year 2013-2014

Impact Area

Various state colleges and universities nationwide

Program Partners

1.    Formal:

·         International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

·         Couples for Christ-Answering the Call of the Poor (CFC-ANCOP)

2.    Informal:

·         Philippine Federation of Family Farm and Rural Schools (PHILFEFFARS)

II.        Objectives

  1. To provide educational assistance to poor but deserving dependents of LBP priority sectors: agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), cooperatives, and municipalities where LANDBANK operates.
  2. To establish an “E2E” (education-to-employment) Internship Program in LANDBANK.
  3. To renew interest in the agriculture sector by developing students’ skills in modern agriculture, with the objective of beefing up the sector with fresh/young blood.
  4. To provide a solid base of education for the next generation of agri-scientists and farmers, reinvigorating the agricultural and cooperative sector with much-needed professionals.
  5. Foster volunteerism among our employees through their voluntary salary contributions, which help fund the program.

III.        Relevance

LANDBANK started its Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program in 2003 with forty (40) scholars, which was one of the highlights of its 40th Anniversary. The Bank supported the scholars from Grade 1 to 4th year High School.

However, according to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), there is a steady decline in the enrolment in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries courses in colleges and universities in the country for the past 10 years. From 94,900 enrollees in 2001, it is now down to 49,823 in 2011 or an almost 50% decrease.

Thus, LANDBANK closed-off its last remaining high school scholars in 2013 and started its first batch of college scholars who will take up BS Agriculture and its related disciplines. Priority was given to children/dependents of farmers and fisherfolk in agrarian reform communities.

To date, a total of 104 scholarships—divided into FORMAL and INFORMAL education—have been awarded, covering 100 percent subsidy for tuition fee, including monthly stipend, book allowance, and uniform costs.

1.    Formal (BS Agriculture and related courses):

  • LANDBANK signed a Deed of Donation and partnership with IRRI on April 23, 2013 for twenty-eight (28) scholars.
  • A similar Deed of Donation was signed with CFC-ANCOP on June 9, 2014 for fifty-two (52) scholars.

2.    Informal (TESDA-certified Diploma in Farm Business Management):

  • The Deed of Donation and partnership was signed between LANDBANK and PHILFEFFARS on June 21, 2013 for twenty-two (22) scholars.

IV.        Results and Impact

1.    FORMAL. The 28 college students under IRRI are broken down as follows:

 

STATE UNIVERSITY

NO. OF SCHOLARS

University of the Philippines Los Baños

5

Central Luzon State University

6

Visayas State University

5

Central Mindanao University

6

University of Southern Mindanao

6

 

The following are the 52 scholars under CFC-ANCOP:

 

NAME OF SCHOOL

NO. ENROLLED

Bicol University

8

Pampanga State Agricultural University

1

Catanduanes State University

8

University of Southern Philippines

5

Compostella Valley State College

3

Davao Oriental State College of Science & Technology

2

Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College

3

Mariano Marcos State University

4

UP Los Baños

1

Western Philippines University

5

Pangasinan State University

1

Quirino State University

2

Surallah National Agricultural School

1

Jose Rizal Memorial State University

1

Mindanao State University

1

Mindoro State College of Arts & Technology

2

Central Mindanao University

2

Southern Luzon State University

1

Aklan State University

1

TOTAL

52

2.    INFORMAL. Beginning in June 2013, a total of twenty-four (24) scholars have benefited from the Informal Program and are now enrolled at the MFI Business Farm School in Jala-Jala, Rizal.

They are pursuing a TESDA-certified Diploma in Farm Business Management, a two-year hands-on ladderized program on Horticulture and Animal Production, with the option of moving up to a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship or Agribusiness.

V.        Innovations

1.    “E2E” (education-to-employment) Internship Program. A pilot 10-week internship and practicum program to be done at the LANDBANK head office (7 weeks) and field units or any of its partner institutions (3 weeks). If after graduation they meet the Bank’s employment standards, they will be recommended for employment and hiring, either in LANDBANK or its partners. Funding for the E2E program covers the costs for taking the Board Exams, airfare to and from Manila, and stipend while undergoing the E2E Internship Program.

2.    BS Agriculture. The scholarship supports both formal and informal education for children/dependents of agrarian reform communities, and is exclusive to BS Agriculture and its related courses.

3.    Source of funds. LANDBANK established a unique funding scheme. The 8,000-strong employees of LANDBANK nationwide voluntarily donate a minimum of one hour’s worth of their salary during the last working day of the year. This gives them a sense of pride and commitment in the development of the students.

4.    Start-up funds. Under the Informal Program, LANDBANK also supported six (6) recent graduates with financial start-up capital for their Family Enterprise Project (their final thesis) which includes cattle raising, organic farming, turkey raising, layer chicken production, native chicken raising, and cacao production/tablea processing. They are asked to repay this to PHILEFFARS for roll-out to other students who will need start-up capital upon graduation.

5.    LANDBANK National Tutors Camp. With the recent signing this year of Republic Act 10618 or the Rural Farm Schools Act, at least one (1) farms school will be established in each province. In support of this, LANDBANK has partnered with PHILFEFFARS to establish the Tutor’s Camp in Lipa City, Batangas as a venue for the training of teachers that will be needed to teach in the farm schools. Target for inauguration of the Camp is on November 9, 2015.

VI.        Awards

LANDBANK Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program is one of the Bank’s programs cited as “Outstanding Development Projects” by the Association of Development Financing Institution in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) under the Corporate Social Responsibility category of the ADFIAP Awards 2014.