By Chito Chavez
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Arellano University (AU), granting educational scholarship privileges to the surviving children of PDEA personnel killed in action.
PDEA Director-General Aaron Aquino said the scholarship grant will also be offered to children of PDEA personnel who are either left permanently incapacitated after undergoing complete disability discharge proceedings or by meritorious reasons that make them qualified for the scholarship.
The MOA was formalized in a ceremony held at the PDEA National Headquarters in Quezon City.
The signatories were PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino and Arellano University Chairman and President Francisco Paulino V. Cayco.
“Under the agreement, the educational scholarship grant is available in all of AU’s seven campuses in Metro Manila for school years 2019 to 2023. The scholarship is for students studying in elementary, secondary and college,” Aquino said.
In order to avail of the educational benefit, PDEA must submit the necessary documentary proof that the grantee is indeed the surviving child of PDEA personnel who were killed in action or left totally disabled while in the line of duty.
Aquino said the admission of grantees to any of AU campuses is in accordance with the existing quota assigned and the programs offered subject to the existing laws and admission policies of the university.
However, the grantee must satisfactorily pass the course of instruction based on the approved standards of AU.
If the grantee fails to pass a subject, his/ her benefit shall be considered suspended.
The grantee has the option to retake the subject at his/her own expense.
In behalf of PDEA, Aquino expressed its gratitude to Arellano University for recognizing the lives and limbs sacrificed by valiant men and women of PDEA in the name of public service.
He said the educational privilege will be a “huge morale boost to our personnel’’.
“This has lessened the burden of financing the education of their children,’’ Aquino said.
The MOA signing marked another milestone in the history of PDEA.
This is the first time the agency partnered with an academic institution to provide quality education to dependents of PDEA casualties.