Piñol invites students to apply for agri scholarships
Want to study agriculture-related course? The DA got your back!
In a Facebook post, DA Secretary Manny Piñol encourages students interested to pursue agricultural courses to avail of scholarships through the ACEF, or Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund.
“This scholarship program which could be availed of in government colleges and universities all over the country is funded by the ACEF or Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund. The ACEF comes from the collections of duties and levies on all imported agriculture items and was originally intended to be loaned out to farmers and fisherfolk who are affected by the importation of the same product.”, he explained.
The program, he said, was supposed to prepare the sectors for the eventual lifting of trade restrictions on agricultural commodities.
The ACEF offers a scholarship program for the children of poor fisherfolk and farmers who are interested to take up fisheries, agriculture, forestry and animal science courses, as well as veterinary medicine.
However, Piñol said that this has become an avenue for corruption.
“The ACEF, however, became a milking cow for corrupt officials and almost all of the over P8-B in loans given to individuals amounting to as much as P50-M each, was not paid.” he said.
“Worse, there was even no serious effort to disseminate information regarding the scholarships”, he added.
“So, if you have children who are bright and interested to go to college as ACEF scholars, please visit the nearest government college or university near you” he said in his post.