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Sometimes all it takes is to cross the aisle to be able to extend an olive branch. That was what it took for some former rebels to open the communication line between the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the State. Thanks to the policy of inclusivity bringing those lost sheep back into the society.

DOLE Laguna Provincial Director Guido R. Recio with guidance from Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman has been taking the Department’s programs and services closer even to communities not readily accessible by public and private assistance. Back in 2019, he has even visited areas as far as Sitio Lunao in Kalayaan only to facilitate the reintegration of former leftist locals. There were 19 former rebels who were recipients of livelihood grants.

Government aid continued from there reaching at least one individual at a time. A certain “Ka Alido,” a young adult, who used to raise arms against the government, was given a chance to work arm-in-arm with the government at the Camp Vicente through the City Government of Calamba under Hon. Justin Marc SB Chipeco. It was an opportunity to put his youthful energy into good use in advancing the interest of the state this time around.

In his testimonial published by the Philippine Information Agency, the former rebel stated that:

“Ang pakikiugnayan ng ibat-ibang ahensya ng gobyerno sa mga katulad ko ay isang patunay na ang ating gobyerno ay handing tumulong upang ang pagbabago ay makita at mapaunlad. Ang dating kabataan na nakikipaglaban sa ating gobyerno ay ngayon ang kanang kamay ay nasa dibdib upang yakapin ang Republika ng Pilipinas.”

Ka Alido was among the 4,361 youth who were beneficiaries under SPES. The beneficiaries were deployed to public and private institutions for summer job experience receiving the highest minimum wage in the province. For a period of 20 days, they were able to fully immerse themselves in the workplace ready for any challenges once they get employed. Hopefully, they could also develop the skills and the character necessary to keep a job.

Whether they will end up in the respective establishments where they were initially deployed, will partly depend on chances as to available vacancies and partly on performance to justify recruitment. Nonetheless, the work stint no matter how brief can be a stepping stone toward finding a regular job. Their wages which can go up to Php10,500.00 for a month will be useful in finding gainful employment opportunities.

More than Php18 million was allocated for SPES in the province alone for the 60% share of the Department with 40% to be sourced out from partner institutions. There were 21 employers comprised of LGUs and Mcdonald’s branches that entered into a partnership with DOLE under SPES. The program is being handled by Ms. Daisy G. Ramos, the provincial employment focal for DOLE Laguna who has been working with local Public Service Employment Offices.

For a society that has already opened its doors to returnees, there is no doubt that an accommodating atmosphere made possible by government programs and services will come in handy so that others could follow suit in the future.

Rudyboy R. Sinay
Senior LEO

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