FOURTEEN scholars under the Program Agraryo Iskolars (PAI) of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) finished college recently, some of them graduated with honors.
In Cebu, the five DAR scholars are Joana Marie C. Aballo, who finished her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with honors at the Cebu Technological University; Rubie A. Bazon, with Bachelor of Elementary Education from CTU Carmen campus; Crestita A. Villagonzalo, with Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management (BSHM) from CTU Moalboal campus; and Harvey E. Gabo and Irene D. Montejo, with BSHM from CTU Tuburan campus.
In Bohol, the scholars who graduated from Bohol Island School University were Fatima O. Byotlang and Marilyn V. Genosas, with Bachelor of Science in Agriculture; Loreen Karyl D. Baustista and Aileen M. Lacea, with Bachelor of Elementary Education.
In Negros Oriental, Carmen M. Barbadillo finished her degree in BSHM from Negros Oriental State University (NORSU)-Bais campus; Jaialyn Mae J. Bohol finished her Bachelor of Science in Office Systems Management from NORSU-Mabinay campus; Lister M. Cabonilla finished his Bachelor of Science in Education from Negros State College of Agriculture in Kabankalan City; John Paul O. Esparcia finished his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from NORSU Bayawan campus; and Eddie D. Estoconing finished his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from NORSU Guihulngan campus.
In Siquijor, nine scholars graduated from the Siquijor State College, namely, Glendie P. Paquera (magna cum laude) and Ailyn B. Ibas (cum laude), both with a degree in Bachelor Science in Education; Mary Jane B. Agan and Ryan Jessan D. Ponce, with Bachelor of Science in Information Technology; Derbe Jane L. Laure, with Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management; Quela A. Ontoy and Aljuncris A. Patay, with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Rejoice B. Suan and Ma. Vaneza P. Trumata, with Bachelor of Science in Tourism.
The DAR scholarship program started in 2003 then known as the President Diosdado Macapagal Agrarian Scholarship Program (PDMASP). In 2010, it was renamed as Programang Agraryo Iskolar (PAI).
The scholarship program gives college education to children and direct descendants of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program beneficiaries.
The DAR Central Visayas headed by Director Stephen M. Leonidas commended the 14
Through these years, the program has benefitted a total of 197 scholars in the region-68 in Bohol, 45 in Cebu, 53 in Negros Oriental, and 31 in Siquijor.