MAFI’s HSFAP phases out
MAFI’s High School Financial Assistance Project (HSFAP) for the public high schools in MAFI’s Area of Responsibility (AOR) and high schools situated in Mt. Apo Natural Park will be terminated starting School Year 2012-2013.
This was disclosed by Atty. Ermelo N. Libre, Executive Director of MAFI during the MAFI - Assisted Secondary Schools Association (MAFI-ASSA) meeting held last July 24, 2012 at MAFI. Upon review and assessment of existing DepEd orders and important Memorandum Orders of LGU Makilala ordering absolute implementation of free basic education within the Municipality of Makilala, the executive director believed that there is a need to re-focus on other new relevant project direction.
LGU Makilala’s Memorandum Order was being reinforced by the issuance of DepEd Order No. 41 s 2011 ordering school contributions on free and voluntary basis.
With these, the objective of HSFAP which started in 1998, providing financial assistance to students and parents, is no longer relevant. With the voluntary nature of all school fees and contribution that may be collected from parents and students, there is no more force collection from them and in effect, no more reason for the MAFI’s financial assistance to continue.
MAFI, however, still left the door open for a much relevant assistance to its beneficiary schools. A refocusing strategy for the usage of this fund assistance is being entertained by MAFI with its partner organization MAFI-ASSA. Whatever the result in the process of dissecting new forms of assistance for these high schools, Atty. Libre assured that this will not be a replication of the terminated project and would focused more on relevant student’s needs.
Currently, the project still maintains P25 per student assistance as an transitory or exit fund, P10 for First Aid Medicine Assistance and Death and Accident Assistance for all students in the previous HSFAP beneficiary school.