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Over 200 former CTG supporters renew oath of allegiance, avail gov't services

VIGAN CITY (PIA) — Over 200 former Communist-Terrorist-Group (CTG) supporters renewed their oath of allegiance to the government at the “Panangawis”: A Homecoming for Peace recently held at Salcedo Covered Court, Brgy. Poblacion Norte, Salcedo, Ilocos Sur.

The activity also highlighted the awarding of the Certificate of Completion to the attendees who underwent training provided by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) such as Small Metal Arc Welding or NC I, Solar Night Light and Post Lamp Installation, and Bread Making among others.  

One of the former CTG supporters said, “Itong mga training na ibinibigay ng TESDA sa amin gaya ng welding, malaking tulong sa paghahanap-buhay naming. Nagpapasalamat din kami sa lahat ng programa na ibinibigay ng gobyerno, ngayon mas matiwasay na kami sa aming mga lugar.”

TESDA also provided a cash allowance of P800 to the completers, which includes 23 former CTG supporters and two former rebels, during the event aside from the livelihood starter kits that all trainees receive upon completion of the training.

Joel Pilotin, provincial director of TESDA Ilocos Sur during the “Panangawis” said, “When I talked with the provincial director of Ilocos Sur Police Provincial Office (ISPPO), I confirmed our support immediately. Walang saysay ang magandang kalsada at istruktura kung ang mga kababayan natin ay walang hanapbuhay at walang panustos sa mga pangangailangan ng kanilang pamilya.”

Over 200 former CTG supporters renew their Oath of Allegiance to the government during "Panangawis", A Homecoming for Peace of the Ilocos Sur Police Provincial Office. PIA/ATV

He mentioned that with the programs of the government, including that of TESDA, we can envision progress in their lives, particularly the former CTG supporters.

Meanwhile, during the activity, the Philippine Statistics Authority offered civil registration services consultation, PhilSys registration, and statistical activities information dissemination while the 71st Infantry Kaibigan Battalion, 702nd Brigade of the Philippine Army offered free haircuts to the attendees.

TESDA Ilocos Sur caters to concerns of former CTG supporters during the "Panangawis", A Homecoming for Peace and the 1st PNP - TESDA Training and Renewal of Oath of Allegiance in Salcedo, Ilocos Sur. PIA/ATV
Various national line agencies and local government offices join together to provide frontline services to former CTG supporters during Homecoming for Peace activity organized by Ilocos Sur Police Provincial Office. PIA/ATV

Likewise, the Department of Labor and Employment, the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, and the Municipal Health Office also offered their services. 

Additionally, ISPPO set up a medical and dental unit, a help center for women and children, and a freedom of information section, among others. (JCR/JPD/ATV, PIA Ilocos Sur)

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Aila Villanueva


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Aila T. Villanueva is an Information Officer I of the Philippine Information Agency Ilocos Sur Information Center based in the Heritage City of Vigan.

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