Castro: Probe scholarship fund use

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Capiz Governor Fredenil Castro has ordered an investigation into how the previous administration used the provincial government’s P20 million Capiz Scholarship and Educational Assistance Program (CSEAP) fund for 2020-2021.

The investigation will be conducted by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Appropriation, which is chaired by Board Member Jonathan Besa.

Board Member Thea Faith Reyes, who chairs the Committee on Education, previously said that only P1 million remains in the P20 million scholarship fund.

She also claimed that the scholarship program did not follow the provincial ordinance in terms of implementation. (

Documents relative to the scholarship program turned over to her did not include the Master List of Scholars, Official List of Scholars for CSEAP; Official List of Scholars Categorized per Ordinance No. 269 Series of 2021; Entrance Examination Form for the admission process for CSEAP; and Memorandum of Agreements between the provincial government and the concerned schools, according to Reyes.

She went on to say that computer units and laptops containing all scholarship information had either malfunctioned or been reformatted.