The Maguindanao Program on Educational Assistance and Community Development (MagPEACE) scholarship program was created to reduce the illiteracy in Buluan town of Maguindanao. Under the expanded MagPEACE modalities, the scholarships are granted even to post graduates students enrolled in science and technology and law studies in renowned universities in Metro Manila, Davao City, and Palawan. The MagPEACE was launched by Mangudadatu governor to complement the normalization agenda of the government’s peace processes with the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
The governor has been offering college scholarships to children of the members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters as a viable solution to the poverty and underdevelopment besetting Moro communities. Many of the MagPEACE scholars are now working in government and non-government organizations involved in peace building programs in impoverished areas.
Unlike the original scheme, the current scholars are required to pay back the provincial government in staggered basis when they finish their studies and gain employment.
Lack of education results in a hostile life, which includes early marriage, juvenile delinquency, armed conflict to prosper, and teenage pregnancy. Convinced that education is the key to free the poor residents of Maguindanao from the bondage of poverty, the scholarship was created in an effort to remove Maguindanao from the list of poorest provinces in the country.
The MagPEACE program specifically targets indigents families. The scholars specialize in the field of agriculture, health service, and education. College-level scholars currently receive a stipend of P6,000 per semester while high school scholars receive P3,000 over an agreed period of time.
Must be a bonafide resident of Maguindanao
Must be a Filipino citizen
Must not be more than 25 years old at the time of application
Must be fourth year high school with a weighted average of at least 85% with no final grade lower than 82% in any subject or graduated valedictorian or salutatorian
Must be of good moral character
Must have a combined family income of P96,000 or less per year (now this has changed to P150,000)
Must comply with the documentary requirements and submit them on or before the deadline set by the Scholarship Committee
Upon submission of all the documentary requirements, must pass the interview to be conducted by the scholarship committee
Applications shall be considered for the first semester of the next academic year
Must pass the entrance exam of the preferred school
Must not be a grantee of any scholarship program other than the MagPEACE
Scholars for both college and high school are required to maintain a general average of 82% to remain in the program.
College level scholars receive a stipend of P6,000 per semester, while the high school scholars receive P3,000 over an agreed period of time.
Aside from the education benefits, the program also aims to educate grantees on the importance of the Muslim-Christian solidarity and ecumenism as vital factors needed in accelerating the attainment of peace and sustainable development in the province.
See the list of partner schools in the PDF belowMagPEACE Eligibility & Guidelines
The MagPEACE program specifically targets indigent scholars at both college and high school levels. The MagPEACE was launched by Mangudadatu, now in his third and last term as governor in 2018, to complement the normalization agenda of the government’s peace processes with the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
The governor has even been offering college scholarship slots to children of members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters as a viable solution to the poverty and underdevelopment besetting Moro communities. Many of the MagPEACE scholars are now working in government and non-government organizations involved in peace-building programs in impoverished areas.
Aside from the education benefits, the program also aims to educate grantees on the importance of Muslim, Christian and Lumad solidarity and ecumenism as vital factors needed in accelerating the attainment of peace and sustainable development in the province.
Administrators of the Maguindanao Program on Education Assistance and Community Empowerment (MagPEACE) are gearing up to continue recruiting scholars in high school and college levels for the next academic seasons in pursuit of the project’s vision to give poor but deserving students opportunities to finish degrees of their own choice.
Further reading, http://magpeace.com/
A little about Maguindanao
Maguindanao need more professionals in the field of commerce and trade. The more, the better. Maguindanao is home to tri-people, the Moros who are the Muslins, the settlers or migrants who are mostly Christians, and the Lumads or indigenous people who mostly belong to the Teduray Tribe.
Maguindanao is a component of the ARMM, which also covers Lanao del Sur in the central Mindanao, and the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.
The MagPEACE is funding the schooling of over 7,000 Muslim, Christian, and Lumad college students coming from the 36 towns of Maguindanao.
Further reading, https://www.philstar.com/nation/2018/04/30/1810901/maguindanao-peace-scholarship-program-produces-first-lawyer
Records from the Department of Trade-ARMM and the Regional Board of Investments indicates that Maguindanao got the “lion’s share,” more than half, of about P20 billion worth of investments poured into the autonomous region by domestic and foreign investors in the past eight years.
Submit your application to
Governor Esmael G. Mangudadatu
Provincial Government of Maguindanao
Sultan Kawasa, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao
Telephone: 064 489 0997/ 0995 or 064 429 0120