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On January 16, 2024, the Commission on Higher Education – Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (CHED-UniFAST) Caraga personnel conducted a series of orientations on the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) and Tulong Dunong Program (TDP) for Beneficiaries at Saint Michael College of Caraga (SMCC) as part of its mandate to orient students of their obligations, duties, and responsibilities as beneficiaries of these programs under the Republic Act No. 10931 or the “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act” (UAQTEA).

A welcome message was given by College President Rev. Fr. Ronniel G. Babano, STL, followed by a rationale of the activity by UniFAST Caraga Supervisor-in-Charge and Education Supervisor II Mr. Ever Joy G. Rabadan, MAEM, MSc.

UniFAST Caraga Regional Coordinator (RC) Ms. Daisy I. Grana, MPA presented and discussed the guidelines on TES, while Lead RC Ms. Heidi M. Paradero presented and discussed the guidelines for TDP.
TES and TDP Beneficiaries were able to have a dialogue with the UniFAST Caraga team through an open forum session.

UniFAST Caraga Accountant Ms. Maelove I. Dagohoy, CPA and regional coordinators conducted the monitoring and evaluation activity for the implementation of programs under UAQTEA, and RC Mr. Bill Carlo Baconguis conducted photo and video documentation of these activities.

UniFAST Caraga would like to thank SMCC College President Rev. Fr. Babano, as well as the following key college personnel for their efforts in facilitating the orientation and monitoring activities: Arlyn Q. Bonjan, Scholarship Coordinator and TES and TDP Focal Person; Felmarie Manlunas, MACDDS, Head of the Office of Student Affairs and Services; and Arglein Lamanilao, Emcee of the Activity and SMCC Faculty.