Aurora College, AFP offer free education opportunities to NPA rebel surrenderees

BALER, Aurora – The Philippine Army’s 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion (91IB) and the Lyceum of the East-Aurora (LEA) recently signed a memorandum of partnership under which they will  provide educational scholarships to recognized former rebels and their dependents who wish to earn an education.

FREE EDUCATION. Officials of the Philippine Army’s 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion and the Lyceum of the East-Aurora (LEA) signed a memorandum of partnership for scholarship grants to recognized former rebels and their dependents who wish to earn an education in Barangay Florida, Maria Aurora, Aurora on Wednesday (July 6, 2022). The move is part of the commitment of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to assist former rebels as they return to mainstream society. (PNA photo by Jason de Asis) 

PA 9IIB commander, Lt. Col. Julito B. Recto said the deal is “part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP’s) commitment to assist former rebels when they return to mainstream society as we want them to live normally and productive in the community where they choose to settle.”

Lt. Col. Julito B. Recto, battalion commander of 91IB, said in an interview on Thursday.

Recto said they also provide free education assistance to dependents of  soldiers and members of Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Units (CAFGUs).

“Similarly, the partnership will also assist our CAFGUs, even our soldiers and their dependents who wish to go to school but could not make it due to financial constraints,” he explained.

Under the agreement, Recto said recognized former rebels and their dependents and siblings can have full discount on school tuition and other miscellaneous school fees; while CAFGU personnel and 9IIB soldiers can avail of 75% and 50% discount respectively for themselves and their siblings and dependents.

“I am very thankful for the partnership through which we can help our scholars to have access in LEA as this is part of our mission to provide relevant, innovative, and accessible quality education for them. Lyceum is here to provide quality education, an opportunity for our scholars,” Recto said.

LEA president Jaime S. Gose said Lyceum continuously does its part to give scholarship grants to deserving students, and their school is now gradually etching a name of its own in the field of education in Aurora.

“We will continue to maintain a high degree of educational standards and will ensure that our scholars enrolled under the program are provided the best instructional and school facilities. We give our scholars the opportunity to reach and complete their higher education to have a brighter future,” Gose said.

He said LEA also offers technical-vocational training programs accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and junior and senior high school programs of the  Department of Education.