The Commission on Higher Education – Caraga Regional Office (CHED Caraga) conducted a virtual recognition, orientation, and awarding of the Notice of Award (NOA) with the 21 new awardees of the Staff and Instructor’s Knowledge Advancement Program (SIKAP) Grant for Full-Time Study for the year 2021 on the afternoon of November 23, 2021 via ZOOM Cloud Meetings. In conjunction with the orientation, a ceremonial virtual signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Delivering Higher Education Institutions (DHEIs) and CHED Caraga was also conducted.


In attendance for the orientation along with the 21 scholars were also the representatives of the following DHEIs: Agusan Del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology (ASSCAT), Caraga State University-Main Campus (CSU Main), Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), Surigao State College of Technology-Main Campus (SSCT Main) and Philippine Normal University-Mindanao Campus (PNU Mindanao).


Certificates were presented to the five (5) DHEIs, certifying them as fully recommended and approved in delivering the local graduate scholarships of CHED. These were received by the authorized representatives of the DHEIs in attendance. This was immediately followed by the ceremonial signing of the MOA solidifying the partnership between CHED Caraga and the DHEIs in the successful delivery of quality education in the programs the SIKAP awardees will be undertaking. 


Presenting the Notice of Award (NOA), or the letter the scholars will receive informing them of their successful availment of the SIKAP Full-Time Study Grant slot, was Dr. Criseldo Calinawan, Education Supervisor II and Scholarship Coordinator at CHED Caraga. He also led the review of policies and guidelines for the SIKAP Full-Time Study, detailing the specifics of the scholarship for the information of the scholars and DHEI representatives. Scholars were also reminded of their duties and responsibilities as awardees of the SIKAP Full-Time Study Grant.


The virtual floor was opened for questions and concerns from the scholars during the open forum, all of which were addressed and answered by Dr. Calinawan and Dr. Calagui.


The orientation concluded with Dr. Calinawan giving the closing remarks.


To learn more about the SIKAP Grant and other scholarship and grants-in-aid programs, visit the CHED Caraga Facebook page at and the CHED Caraga Scholarship For Graduate Studies-Local Facebook page at You may also visit the CHED Caraga website at