KITCHARAO, Agusan del Norte–Dozens of former rebels in this town have sucessfully hurdled the two-day skills training provided by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda)
With the continuing support of the government through the initiatives of Tesda in Agusan del Norte headed by Provincial Director Rey M. Cueva in partnership with the 29th Infantry (Matatag Fighters) Battalion, other Local Government Unit (LGUs) and various agencies of Agusan del Norte, a 2-day skills training was successfully conducted on August 31 to September 2, 2020, at So. Zapanta Valley Multipurpose Hall, Barangay. Bangayan, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.
A total of 69 participants composed of Former Rebels (FRs), Indigenous People (IPs) particularly of the Mamanwa tribe, members of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) and other Bisaya residing in the area have benefited from the knowledge and skills training on Small Engine Servicing NCII, Buko Pie making and Halo-halo processing and preparation.
According to Datu Lando Anlagan, one of the IPs who benefited from the training, ”Kami mapasalamaton nga ang gobyerno karon nakadungog sa among mga hangyo nga tabang. Ug padayon kami karon nga nakakita ug nakasinati sa kabulahan sa mga serbisyo ug suporta sa gobyerno nga tinuud nga nakatabang ug nakauswag sa among kinabuhi.(We are grateful that the government heard our pleas for help. We are now continuously seeing and experiencing the bounty of services and support of the government which truly have helped and improved our lives.)”
Lt. Col. Isagani O. Criste, Commanding Officer of 29IB stated, “You see, it’s the government who thinks of your welfare and the one who is ever willing to help and support you and not those selfish and lying NPAs. The government isn’t perfect but it’s doing its best to provide you with the services you need. I just hope you know whom to trust and how to support whom you trust as well because the peaceful and better tomorrow which we all long for does not depend on the government alone, but also on our sincere cooperation.
I’m forever grateful to our government now, and to our other peace partners who continuously make such services possible for our beloved unfortunate fellows particularly those in conflict-affected areas. We will continue to work hand in hand to give you what is due you”, Criste ended.
The Community- based training is part of the program of TESDA through its PEACE (People Empowerment in Agriculture for Community Enhancement) project which aims to empower and uplift the lives of the FRs, IPs and CAGFUs in certain Conflict-Affected Areas (ConAAs) by establishing various livelihood enterprises and opportunities for the marginalized sectors. (PR)