Some 93 former rebels and Militia ng Bayan members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) have received skills certification from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in a ceremony held Thursday, July 4 in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.
TESDA 9 Regional Director Vincent Cifra, in his speech during the ceremony, told the former rebels and Militia ng Bayan members to seize the opportunity by making use of the government program in changing their lives.
The government, he said, is ready “to help you as you return to the fold of law.”
He urged the beneficiaries to use the skills certification issued by TESDA in changing their lives.
Of the 93 beneficiaries, 24 of them were conferred with National Certificate 1 (NC I) for Masonry; 24 with NC II for Carpentry; 23 with NC I for Shielded Metal Arc Welding; and 24 with NC I for Plumbing.
Engr. Rommel Duran, head of the Provincial Poverty Reduction and Alleviation Office, announced that the beneficiaries will receive P3,000 each as honorarium from the provincial government.
Duran, who represented Governor Wilter Palma, said the provincial government had supported the training of the former rebels by providing them food and accommodation.
The provincial government, he said, is “willing to help you move on.”
“We have lined up some livelihood projects,” he said.
He reiterated the commitment of the provincial government in supporting the Whole-of-Nation approach to end communist insurgency and building a culture of peace.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No. 70 to institutionalize the “whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace.”
Under this approach, the government will “address the root causes of insurgencies, internal disturbances and tensions, and other armed conflicts and threats.” (Antonio Manaytay/ Mindanao Sun)