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14 rebel returnees get livelihood kits

 

Sorsogon City, Sorsogon - With the government’s sincere intention to end the communist insurgency in the country and to transform the lives of the former rebels through various interventions, livelihood assistance is one of the most effective programs that provides long-term results to its beneficiaries.

This was evident for at least 14 former rebels in Sorsogon who received Kabuhayan Starter Kits from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through its Sorsogon Provincial Field Office.

Organized with the support of the Sorsogon Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, the awarding of livelihood assistance amounted to Php 250, 796.25 in the form of jigs, tools and equipment for their preferred livelihood projects were granted to the former insurgents from different parts of the province.

With grateful hearts, the rebel returnees thanked the government for their starter kits as they now live free of fear and apprehension and with hopes to start their lives anew.

Maria” (not her real name), 48 years old had been a member of the rebellious group since the 90’s, and surrendered to the armed forces 5 years ago. She aims to improve her food vending business on which she ventured in for 20 years now.

“Nakaintra ako sa dati kong grupo dahil sa impluwensya ninda sako. Estudyante pa sana ako, na engganyo na ninda akong mag intra ta sa harong mi mismo sinda nagdadaragos tapos nagkakaraon. Mapagal palan maging sarong rebelde kaya salamatunon tabi saindo ta saro ako sa mga nahatagan nin kabuhayan hali sa DOLE,” she shared.

Another beneficiary, Jose” (not his real name), 43 years old and a 2-year course graduate had been active in the rebellious group for five (5) years before formally laying down his arms.

Through the skills training of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), he was able to secure his NC I under the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW).

Meanwhile, Ms. Marilyn L. Luzuriaga, provincial director of Sorsogon said the government through its agencies and units are always willing to help especially for those people who are displaced and marginalized -- DOLE Kabuhayan Starter Kit is one of them.

DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) is a flagship program of DOLE which seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers either through emergency employment, promotion of entrepreneurship, and community enterprises.

 

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With a report from MARK FRANCIS LLANETA and RUSSELL ULYSSES I. NIEVES

 

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Approved for Regional Release:

 

 

JOEL M. GONZALES

Regional Director

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