By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The application for the Senior High School (SHS) Voucher Program for School Year (SY) 2019-2020 will finally be open, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced Friday.
DepEd, in its official Facebook page, issued an important announcement regarding the SHS voucher application for SY 2019-2020. The application – both manual and online – will be open on Sunday, May 26.
The SHS VP is one of the “several initiatives of the government to make basic education accessible and affordable for Filipino learners nationwide.”
It is a financial assistance program to enable qualified Grade 10 completers to pursue their desired SHS education in private schools, state universities and colleges (SUCs), and local universities and colleges (LUCs) that offer SHS.
DepEd said that for manual applications, interested applicants may “mail or personally submit” the filled out Voucher Application Form (VAF-1) and complete requirements to the PEAC National Secretariat, 5th Floor Salamin Building, 197 Salcedo Street, Makati City 1229 on or before May 31.
For online applications, DepEd said that applicants may “submit the filled out form and scanned copy of complete requirements” to the Online Voucher Application Portal (OVAP) on or before June 2. The OVAP accounts may be created until May 31 only.
“Please be reminded that Grade 10 completers from public schools, LUCs and SUCs, as well as Grade 10 completers from private schools who are Education Service Contracting (ESC) program grantees, are automatically qualified for the SHS VP and do not need to apply,” DepEd said.
Grade 10 completers from private junior high schools who wish to avail of the financial subsidy still need to apply since they are not among the automatic voucher recipients.
DepEd said that it will soon issue the complete list of requirements and application procedures for the SHS VP.
Earlier, learners and other stakeholders have been expressing concern on the delayed announcement regarding the SHS VP application.
To appease these concerns, DepEd assured the public of its “commitment to continue with the program.”
The late announcement of the SHS VP application was due to the delayed approval of the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
As per DepEd, the Qualified Voucher Applicants (QVA), formerly called Qualified Voucher Recipient (QVR), shall receive a subsidy on their tuition and other school fees, the amount of which will depend on the category of the QVA and the location of the school where the students will enroll in.
Based on the DepEd Order No. 60, series of 2017 or the “Guidelines on the Application for the Senior High School Voucher Program for School Year 2018-2019” SHS voucher amounts are as follows (depending on the category of the QVA): Php 22,500; Php 18,000; and Php 11, 500 in the National Capital Region (NCR).
In Non-NCR highly urbanized cities (HUCs), vouchers amount to Php 20,000; Php 16,000; and Php 10,000.
In other locations, vouchers amount to Php 17,500; Php 14,000; and Php 8,750.
Based on the projected enrollment for SHS from DepEd, there are 3, 087, 646 incoming Grades 11 and 12 or SHS students this coming SY 2019-2020.