LAL-LO, CAGAYAN – A total of 300,000 pesos worth of livelihood assistance was awarded to 15 former rebels (FRs) on July 15, 2022 at Provincial Capitol, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
Each former rebel received 20,000 pesos that was given by the Cagayan Provincial Social Welfare Development Office thru the assistance of 17th Infantry Battalion and PNP.
“Maraming Salamat po sa Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Cagayan,PSWDO, PNP at sa kasundaluhan din ng 17IB sa tulong na ito. Malaking tulong ito para sa amin at sa aming pamilya. Asahan po ninyo na palalaguin namin ang pangkabuhayan na inyong ibinigay,” said alyas Rodel one of the beneficiaries.
Note that the Provincial Local Government Unit of Cagayan is one of the partners of the Philippine Army in keeping peace and development in their province through assisting the Former Rebels in their reintegration process.
LtC Oliver C Logan, Battalion Commander of 17IB extended his gratefulness to the said PLGU in supporting the campaign in ending local communist armed conflict.
“We are successfully implementing the campaign against insurgency in Cagayan under the Whole-of-Nation Approach because of the utmost support we are receiving from the LGUs,”
“So, I am still encouraging the remaining members and supporters of the Communist Terrorist Group to lay down your arms and return to the folds of the law. The benefits under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program are waiting for you, for your family, and loved ones,” Lt. Colonel Logan added.
Meanwhile, aside from the livelihood kit, the PSWDO also facilitates the employment of former rebels in Cagayan Provincial Capitol under the Cagayan Employment Assistance Program initiated by Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba. # (5ID)