Governor Bong Lacson signed a Memorandum of Understanding with STI West Negros University in Bacolod City, represented by its Executive Vice President, Ryan Mark Molina, for scholarship grants to deserving Negrense youth who are about to complete their Information Technology (IT) courses in the said university.
The MOU signing was held today, at the STI WNU lobby, and witnessed by Negros Occ. Board Member Agustin Ernesto Bascon, chairman of the SP Committee on Education, Negros Occ. Scholarship Program Head, Karen Dinsay, STI WNU scholarship coordinator Melissa Ferrer, faculty and staff, scholars, and their parents.
Gov. Lacson said that the “new normal” will bring about substantial changes in the present way of life and the role of the ICT will be more strategic than ever.
He also said that the present administration will do its best to make sure that the scholarship programs will be responsive to the needs of the youth and the present time.
“With physical distancing as one of the more prominent aspect of the new normal, ICT will lay the foundations for people to meet, connect, communicate and manage business and governmental transactions”, the governor said.
It is stated in the MOU that the program “Employing ICT to Spur Economic Recovery” is aimed at giving scholarships to the poor but deserving third year and fourth year students taking up ICT courses to help them finish their college education.
The MOU further states that the program is also seen to encourage more students to take up ICT and harness their skills in developing software applications and establishing of information structure to address the current shortage of highly-skilled programmers, system analysts, software developers in the face of digital revolution.
This is a new scholarship category, which is a pioneering program of the province, to provide access to educational opportunities to poor but deserving students and spur economic recovery.