BORONGAN CITY (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development - Regional Office 8 (DSWD-8) through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) distributed Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Settlement Grants to 34 former rebels (FRs) or peacemakers on September 22 at the Army's 78th Infantry Battalion in Brgy. Lalawigan, this city.
According to Hermanito S. Mangalao, DSWD-SLP regional program coordinator, the peacemakers from Maydolong and Borongan City or “MayBoro Peace Builders Group,” received P20,000 each to start their livelihood through sari-sari store, poultry chicken, pig fattening, egg layering, and other livelihood programs.
He added that the total amount they distributed to the peacemakers was P680,000, the funds coming from DSWD-8.
“This is one way to support them, to establish our ‘peace builders’ brothers for them to continue their livelihood in each family where they can live a normal life especially the economic aspect of their family,” Mangalao said.
The regional SLP coordinator further said that DSWD is the lead agency in implementing Executive Order No. 70 under former Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte “Institutionalizing the Whole-of-Nation Approach in Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Peace, creating National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) and Directing Adoption of a National Framework,”.
The SLP aims to provide economic well-being to the vulnerable, marginalized, disadvantaged individuals and families in the community, with the support of local government units (LGUs) and other government agencies.
Present during the distribution of livelihood assistance were: Army;s 78IB Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Allan T. Tria; DTI Provincial Director Ruthelma S. Samonte; TESDA Acing Specialist Christopher Zamora; and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Verina P, Amoyo. (MMP/SDC/PIA-E. Samar)