Project ACCESS Reaches New TES Beneficiaries of UC

By: Delaila Irma T. Calindas, Project Technical Staff II

The Commission on Higher Education – Cordillera Administrative Region (CHED-CAR) UniFAST team actively engaged in the Orientation on R.A. No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA) and the Distribution of Checks for the first batch of new Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) beneficiaries at the University of the Cordilleras (UC) on January 26, 2024.

Dr. Bernadette C. Pal-ec, Education Supervisor II and UniFAST Focal Person, led the team, delivering a presentation on the essential provisions of RA 10931, commonly known as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. During the orientation, she outlined the roles and responsibilities of the TES beneficiaries, providing valuable insights into the government’s commitment to accessible and quality higher education. She was joined by Regional Coordinators, Jezeny Laoyan and Delaila Irma Calindas. 

The orientation program was spearheaded by the UC team on Scholarships and Student Services headed by their Focal Person, Ms. Jennifer Malayo. The collaborative effort aimed to ensure that the new TES beneficiaries received the necessary information and resources to make the most of the educational opportunities provided under UAQTEA. 

The orientation session underscored the commitment of CHED-CAR to empower students through financial assistance programs, fostering a conducive environment for higher education for the Cordillera youth.

This engagement is part of CHED-CAR’s Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) initiative known as Project ACCESS, which stands for “Acquainting In-Coming College Entrants on Scholarships and Grants-in-Aid System.” This innovative project was conceived by Dr. Demetrio P. Anduyan Jr., Director IV, reflecting the commitment of CHED-CAR to inform and guide prospective college entrants regarding available scholarships and grants-in-aid programs.

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