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18 FORMER REBELS READY TO START A NEW LIFE WITH DOLE QUEZON’S LIVELIHOOD ASSISTANCE

The hope to start a new life with their loved ones fueled the will of eighteen (18) former members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) to finally surrender to the government. And through the benefits of the livelihood assistance granted to them by the Department of Labor and Employment Quezon Provincial Office (DOLE QPO), the former rebels were given means in obtaining a base in restarting their lives.

DOLE QPO awarded the former rebels with livelihood assistance in the form of sari-sari store package in a ceremony organized by the Municipal Government of Mulanay held at the Mulanay Covered Court on April 30, 2021. The former rebels came from the municipalities of Atimonan, Pitogo, Catanauan, Buenavista, San Narciso, San Francisco and Mulanay.

The livelihood assistance was awarded by DOLE Quezon Provincial Head Edwin Hernandez, 85IB Battalion Commander LTC Emmanuel Cabahug, LGU Mulanay Representative - Municipal Administrator Jose Pineda, Jr., Sangguniang Bayan Members, MTF-ELCAC members, and Barangay Captain Antonio De Villa, Jr. of Brgy. Cambuga, Mulanay, Quezon.

The provision of livelihood assistance is part of the implementation of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) which seeks to attain permanent and peaceful closure of all armed conflicts with non-state armed groups. Likewise, the program aims to facilitate the mainstreaming of former rebels as productive citizens and to develop the capacities of Local Government Units (LGUs) and National Government Agencies (NGAs) in the implementation and sustainability of the project.

Mr. Hernandez, in his message encouraged the former rebels to maximize the assistance given to them as this is part of the DOLE’s program which to strengthen the government’s efforts to help them make the transition to peaceful and productive civilian lives.

"To our former rebels, I hope you use the assistance you received today to start your life anew. This assistance is not compensation because you returned to the society. Instead, this is the government’s help to you as you rebuild yourselves and return to your families,” Mr. Hernandez said.

A former rebel expressed his deep gratitude to DOLE and the national government for the assistance he received:

“Thank you very much to DOLE and to our government for this sari-sari store package. This is a big help for us as we start a new life”, he said.

He also encouraged all other beneficiaries to properly manage the livelihood assistance. “Let us cherish the livelihood packages given to us so that this will grow and help us improve our lives”, he added.


By:

FRANZ RAYMOND J. AQUINO
Sr. Labor and Employment Officer
Regional Labor Information Officer-Designate

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2021-05-08
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