Message of Secretary Deles at the OPAPP-CHED Study Grant Program MOA signing, April 4, 2013

Message of Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles:
During the Memorandum of Agreement signing of the OPAPP-CHED Study Grant Program

[April 4, 2015]

Good day.

I am happy to welcome everyone at the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement that shall ink the official partnership of OPAPP and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

This agreement puts in place a Study Grant Program that will provide former members of armed groups the social safety nets or social protection interventions needed to facilitate their safe and viable transition from a life of fighting to a life where peace will prevail.

In view of this, I would like to commend the technical staff of OPAPP and CHED involved in the crafting of this agreement. I would also like to thank CHED for providing invaluable support to the peace process under the OPAPP-CHED Study Grant Program for Rebel Returnees. Since 2001, CHED has been instrumental in bringing educational opportunities to former rebels or their next-of-kin. It has provided scholarship slots to FRs, with many of the beneficiaries now with gainful employment.

For school year 2013, and through this renewed partnership, OPAPP sourced out from PAMANA funds two hundred (200) additional scholarship slots owing to the breakthroughs in the peace processes with the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) and the Revolutionary Proletarian Army. The additional scholarship slots are also intended to provide for the beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) and the completion of the 1996 Peace Agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

With this new agreement, we hope continue to plant seeds at the grassroots, where hopefully a generation of bright young leaders shall bloom. We will look forward to the effective implementation and monitoring of the program to make these seeds grow into a generation that will sustain and continue to advance peace in their communities.

Thank you and may peace be with us all!