TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan (PIA) - -Some 100 former rebels in this province as well as their immediate family members benefited from a community support program spearheaded by the Marine Battalion Landing Team - 10 (MBLT-10).
Dubbed as ‘Former Rebels’ Forum’, the MBLT-10, in coordination with the Naval Forces Northern Luzon, has tapped the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Cagayan Police Provincial Office, Rural Health Unit of Aparri, MCRO Santa Ata, National Bureau of Investigation, Santa Ana and Buguey Municipal Police Stations, private doctors and other government and non-government organizations, to bring their services during the said forum on June 17.
In a statement, Lt. Col. Julius Yncierto, said the activity was able to provide essential services for the former rebels who pledged their allegiance back to the government.
These services include: medical consultation; issuance of Police Clearance; issuance of NBI Clearance; PSA registration; processing of National ID; distribution of relief packs, face masks and slippers; free hair cut; and technical skills program.
Simple lectures on the deceitful recruitment of the Communist Terrorist Group as well as benefits former rebels may avail under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program were also conducted during the said forum.
“Through the PTF-ELCAC and the ‘Whole-of-Nation Approach’ this activity will lessen the deceptive recruitment of the CTGs in the Province and will promote the government projects to the community,” Yncierto said in a statement.
The MBLT-10 is based in barangay San Vicente in Santa Ana, Cagayan. (OTB/MDCT/ With reports from MBLT-10/PIA Cagayan)