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DavSur’s Tupad Pangako livelihood training

DAVAO CITY, Dec. 20 (PIA) – The Tupad Pangako Program of Davao del Sur has once again paved way for the second batch of former rebels to complete various skills training and basic education to prepare them to reintegrate back into their respective communities and regain normal life.

The 17 FRs from across Davao del Sur recently graduated from a three-month livelihood skills training held at the Mindanao Baptist Rural Life Center (MBRLC) in Barangay Kinuskusan in Bansalan town.

The FRs also received Christmas gift packages from the provincial government of Davao del Sur, Cor Jesu College of Digos, Department of Interior and Local Government of Davao del Sur and among others.

The FR-trainees have learned on knowledge and practical skills on agriculture, welding, manicure, pedicure, massage, electrical, entrepreneurial, as well as on spiritual development, and among others.

Under the program, they have also undergone reorientation and reorganization on their mindset to abandon communist terrorist views, and exposure to practical human development.

Gen. Potenciano Camba, commander of the 1002nd Brigade of the Philippine Army, expressed gratitude and congratulated the FRs who completed the reintegration program, and he encouraged them to achieve their goals after the livelihood training.

Camba also recognized the other government agencies and private sector partners, saying “Sa ating mga partners, salamat kaayo sa inyong tanan (To our partners, thank you) for planting the seeds of spirituality, productivity and hope.”

“Truly here in Davao del Sur, the bayanihan spirit is alive because all are helping out to fulfill the tupad pangako program for our former rebels,” he stated during the graduation ceremony.

The other officials who graced the commencement rites were Vice Governor John Tracy Cagas who represented Governor Marc Cagas and Provincial Director Mika-Chan Magtulis of DILG Davao del Sur.

The TPP was launched last year through the collaborative efforts of the provincial government headed by the late Governor Douglas Cagas and other government agencies in the province such as the DILG, 39th Infantry Battalion, Davao del Sur Police Provincial Office, as well as the MBRLC as a partner agency from the private sector.

The program aims to help facilitate the mainstreaming of former rebels as productive citizens by providing them with the necessary skills, knowledge, spiritual enlightenment and assistance to completely transform their lives.

The program is pursuant to President Duterte’s End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) endeavors. (PIA-XI/Franchette Delfin with reports from Carina L. Cayon)

The Tupad Pangako Program of Davao del Sur has once again paved way for the second batch of former rebels to complete various skills training and basic education to prepare them to reintegrate back into their respective communities and regain normal life. The 17 FRs from a three-month livelihood skills training held at the Mindanao Baptist Rural Life Center (MBRLC) in Brgy. Kinuskusan in Bansalan. (Photos by PIO DavSur)

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