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REBELS NO MORE. Sr. LEO Lorena Gacosta (standing third from left), livelihood focal explains the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) to former rebels together with DOLE Laguna Provincial Office Director Guido R. Recio (standing second from left) and Rizal Provincial Office Officer-In-Charge Marivic B. Martinez (standing third from right) in Sitio Lunao, Brgy. San Antonio, Kalayaan , Laguna 

If a simple farming tool could make a countryman happy, how much more will a livelihood package bring? All that “Ka Edrik ”, who used to be a member of a rebel group, could ask for is an agricultural hoe as he turns his back from a perilous life as a rebel . Consequently, the government has a lot more to offer with DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) championed by Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena for Calabarzon.

There is no going back for 71 former rebels from Rizal, Quezon and Laguna who opted to make peace and move on with the reintegration aid offered by the State. Meeting in the middle, DOLE IV-A welcomed them with open arms with DILP Orientation and Project Proposal Making in Kalayaan, Laguna. This was made possible through collaboration with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in the region.

On 7 June 2019, the DOLE IV-A team headed by Laguna Provincial Director Guido R. Recio and Rizal Provincial Office Officer-in-Charge Marivic B. Martinez facilitated the writeshop activities for the group of former rebels. No posh hotel to gather the entire delegation but a tent sufficed to provide shade as participants either sat on carton mats or squat on the ground attentively listening to the speakers. It was held in Sitio Lunao where the team had to endure a short hike to be able to reach the site.

Attendees were introduced to the livelihood assistance program sharing the DILP guidelines and requirements. The DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program or the Kabuhayan Program according to the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns is “a program that provides workers with additional income and alternative employment” in line with the government’s agenda on poverty reduction and inclusive development. Such a program caters to members of the informal sector of the society in efforts to augment the household income.

While DOLE has already committed to render technical assistance, the attendees were encouraged to actively participate in drafting project proposals to be able to avail of the livelihood grant. Proposed projects involve farming, fishing, and retail which could definitely give them a fresh start. Given all this, they are not likely to have a hard time in finding ways to make a decent living.

Apparently, the reintegration wave did not end there. Another former rebel visited DOLE Laguna Provincial Office to personally express his intention to avail of the livelihood assistance program. It was brave of him to take on a new challenge as a DILP beneficiary with a proposal to startup a small business of selling banana cue, kamote cue, and pineapple.

“Ka Edrik” and his comrades will be fighting a different war soon. They will no longer be in firefights in the mountains with government troops. They will be fighting poverty in their communities with the Department Of Labor and Employment and other government agencies by their side ready to help them win the war.




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