Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur – Five former rebels (FRs) and 15 members of Citizens’ Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) under the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion earned Technical Education and Skills Authority (TESDA) National Certificates (NC I, II) on Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) training through the Father Saturnino Urios College of Sibagat Incorporated’s (FSUCSI) Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program at FSUCSI grounds in Poblacion, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur yesterday, January 31.
This is the first time the CAFGUs and FRs experienced a graduation since most did not have the chance to go to school.
“Masarap pala ang pakiramdam ng pinaghirapan mo ang isang bagay at makaranas ng ganitong graduation,” alias Tobi, a former rebel, said.
The graduates endured 36 months of skills training and assessments under the supervision of FSUCSI-TVET head Mary Grace M. Brongcano Ph.D, FSUCSI School Director, Rev. Fr. Carlito L. Clase, MAPTH and Jordano M. Jawel, SMAW trainer.
The Bayugan City LGU, Provincial offices of TESDA and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Agusan Del Sur provided the food and allowances for the whole duration of the training. The graduates will also receive portable welding equipment to aid them in their livelihood.
“We are grateful for committed heads of local and national government agencies who answered the call to end insurgency through increasing the economic activities in the conflict-affected areas and capacitating the affected communities to become resilient and productive,” LTC Baybayan, said.
Colonel Allan D Hambala INF (MNSA) PA, 401st Infantry Brigade Commander, said that more skills training intended for the FRs and CAFGUs, who are our partners in intensifying our integrated territorial defense system, will be conducted through the teamwork of committed government agencies actively supporting the Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict by activating their respective Local Task Forces to End Insurgency and by promoting the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for rebel surrenderees.
“The End of insurgency lies in a government that puts premium to the welfare of its citizens. This is why we must have no letup in delivering the necessary government services for those in the conflict-affected areas. We believe that these efforts of the government will induce more rebels to surrender,” Colonel Hambala, ended.
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