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Converge Launches BIDA Fiber Internet Scholarship Program

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BIDA Fiber Internet Scholarship Program

In recognition of the growing necessity of internet access as a tool for learning and its increasing cost in the Philippines, Converge ICT Solutions Inc., has announced the launch BIDA Fiber Internet Scholarship Program aimed at supporting under-resourced students.

BIDA Fiber Internet Scholarship Program

Branded under the Converge postpaid fiber plan BIDA, the scholarship program will benefit 10 senior high school students from public schools for the academic year 2024-2025.
“While we now serve more than 2 million customers with high speed broadband, the reality is, many more remain unserved by the benefits of technology. This includes young students, who are in danger of being left behind by their global peers as indicated in surveys such as the Programme for International Student Assessment or PISA,” said Converge President Maria Grace Y. Uy.

“With this in mind, we now launch the BIDA Fiber Internet Scholarship Program which is our company’s homegrown initiative to fight the learning poverty our students face. We hope with this free access to the internet, underprivileged students may reach their full potential as learners and ultimately, as productive citizens,” she continued.
This initiative aligns with Converge's commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, Quality Education, and SDG 1, No Poverty. Education is a key focus area for the company, as demonstrated by their Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Education during the pandemic in 2021 to enhance remote learning.

The BIDA Fiber Internet Scholarship Program is open to incoming Grade 11 students enrolled in public schools who have chosen the STEM track. Eligible students must also be in the top 10% of their graduating batch and meet other specified requirements.

Converge recognizes both connectivity and education as vital equalizing forces in society, providing marginalized and disadvantaged groups access to the same resources as their privileged counterparts, thus leveling the playing field in terms of job market opportunities.

BIDA Fiber Internet Scholarship Program

This scholarship is particularly significant given the prohibitive cost of broadband internet in the Philippines. The Philippine Institute for Development Studies reports that the Philippines has the highest monthly internet cost among the ASEAN-5 countries, at USD 44.93 (over ₱2,000). Furthermore, the World Bank blog notes that the annual charge for fixed broadband in the Philippines consumes 11% of the Gross National Income, double the ASEAN average.

Converge's BIDA Fiber postpaid plan, priced at ₱888 per month, is the most economical broadband offering in the market, providing 75 Mbps for six devices with no data caps.

Interested applicants can submit their requirements from June 25 to July 10, 2024 with the awarding of the scholarship scheduled for July 30, 2024

By launching the BIDA Fiber Internet Scholarship Program, Converge ICT Solutions Inc. is taking a significant step towards ensuring that under-resourced students have the opportunity to thrive in an increasingly digital world.
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