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Former rebels undergo sustainable livelihood grant

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte–The troops of 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion (23IB) facilitated the conduct of a Pre-Orientation on Livelihood Settlement Grant (SLG) for (Former Rebels) held at the Headquarters, 23IB, Jamboree Site, Purok 6, Brgy Alubihid, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte on July 8, 2020.

The orientation on Sustainable Livelihood Program Modalities and Processes is intended for the provision of livelihood to the FR beneficiaries under Executive Order 70 (EO 70).

The orientation was conducted by Mr. Ian N. Lupango, Project Development Officer II of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The SLG, also dubbed as the “Kabuhayan Para sa Kapayapaan!” was implemented in connection with the EO 70 that institutionalized the Whole-of-Nation Approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace and the creation of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). The Order also directed the adoption of a national peace framework issued by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

SLG is a financial assistance directly provided to each eligible FR to support the establishment or continuity of their livelihood or economic activities in their communities. The said pre-orientation activity will be followed by the crafting of a final project proposal for the sustainable livelihood program of the FRs.  

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Julius Cesar C Paulo, 23IB Acting Commanding Officer, stated that the government and the Army, especially the 23IB will always adhere to its promises of helping the FRs TO have a productive and progressive living with their families.

He also emphasized the need to capacitate the FRs for them to be able to face the various economic challenges as they begin their renewed lives with their families.

Paulo pointed out that it is not enough to accept the FRs after their surrender and send them home but it is also important to equip them with knowledge and skills that will serve as their tools to improve their economic lives.

“Through the implementation of EO 70 and the E-CLIP, we assure that the FRs’ lives will be improved through the implementation of the socio-economic program or the financial assistance provided by the government for them to have a sustainable livelihood that they can use to supply the daily needs of their families. For the remaining members of the CTGs, I urge you to go back to the folds of the law and avail all the programs of our government for you, “Paulo said. (PR)

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