MOA. Go Philippines chief partnerships and strategy officer Karl Leung and CEO Andrew Alcid, Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr., and chief public sector advocacy for Go Philippines Atty. Bryan Nepomucenoshow memorandum of agreement signed. Photo by Joann Mababat
ANGELES CITY — With the objective of helping families and students reach their dreams and goals through better educational opportunity, the Angeles City government together with Go Philippines officially launched the first National Education Assistance Program (NEAP) under public-private partnership at the city hall here Thursday.
A memorandum of agreement for that purpose was signed between Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr. and Go Philippines’ CEO Andrew Alcid, chief partnerships and strategy officer Karl Leung, and chief public sector advocacy for Go Philippines former Angeles City vice mayor Atty. Bryan Nepomuceno.
“We take great pride in being the center of excellence for learning which is why we are especially pleased to lead the country’s first holistic solution toward ensuring the education of every Filipino,” said Lazatin.
The NEAP is Go Philippines’ pilot project in the country which aims to provide low-cost loans, scholarships and grants to Filipinos who are attending accredited academic institutions in Angeles City.
“Students that wish to avail themselves of our assistance can sign up for free. And then we will match their needs with financial institutions who are willing to participate in this program,” Alcid said. “It’s open to public and private schools from K-12, graduate, to post graduate at no expense from LGU.”
According to Nepomuceno, the program currently covers the three major universities in Angeles City – Angeles University Foundation, Holy Angel University, and Republic Central Colleges.
“We are now in talks with Systems Plus but our main goal is to get everyone in. But since this is the pilot, we want to focus on these three major colleges first,” said Nepomuceno.
“Attaining a quality education effects more than just those attending school and has wide-reaching impacts. Addressing only one element like tuition assistance falls considerably short of success and to accomplish this we must remove all barriers, financial or otherwise.” Nepomuceno noted.
Apart from educational assistance, Go Philippines also delivers personal finance tools, business products, electronic services, and welfare benefits for schools who plan to upgrade facilities, businesses seeking working capital, teachers in need of salary advance, or parents trying to reduce the cost of living.
The free membership is open for academic institutions, employees, family members, and special interest groups such as overseas Filipino workers and seafarers.
Go Philippines was founded to help improve the quality of life of every Filipino delivering services like financial literacy courses, employment market, including special programs for the impoverished, unbanked, and indebted.
Students may sign up for the early registration at www.gophilippines.org until April 30, 2020.