BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga, in partnership with the 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion and 29th Infantry (Matatag) Battalion under the operational control of 402nd Infantry Brigade and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development, awarded Certificates of Completion to thirty nine (39) Former Rebels (FRs) for the Technical for Works Scholarship Program (TWSP) at the Headquarters of 29IB, Barangay Del Pilar, Cabadbaran City, Aguan del Norte on July 19, 2019.

The 39 FRs, considered as Special Clients, completed the training in Food Processing and Wellness Massage “Hilot” training. This is part of the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government in capacitating the FRs in preparation for their reintegration to the mainstream society.

One of the FRs from 23IB @MARS, expressed his gratitude to the government for the assistance they provided to them. “Dako kayo ang akong pasalamat sa gobyerno tungod sa ilang tabang nako. Niadtong anaa pa ko sulod sa kalihukan, grabe nga kalisod ang akong natagamtaman mao nga nakahuna-huna ko nga mobalik na sa sabakan sa gobyerno kay wala gyod koy kaugmaon kung mopadayon ko sa NPA.

Pagsurender nako, wala ko nagdahom nga hatagan kog importansya sa gobyerno ug gitabangan gyod ko aron sa pagbaton ug bag-ong kinabuhi ug mas hayag nga kaugmaon pinaagi sa ilang mga programa. (I am so grateful to the government for helping me. When I was still in the underground movement, I experienced too much hardship until I decided to go back to the folds of the government. The time I surrendered, I didn’t expect that the government will give me an importance and encouraged me build a new life.”- said @Mars

Meanwhile, Dr. Ashary Abanto, Regional Director of TESDA stressed that: “The TESDA together with other government agencies continuously conduct trainings for Special Clients (FRs) to help them have better lives as they go back to the mainstream society,”-Dr. Abanto stated.

Likewise, Congresswoman Ma. Angelica Rosedell M Amante-Matba of ADN as the Guest of Honor and Speaker stated “Our government is always willing to help you but we beg you to value everything we gave to you. Don’t waste it for nothing.”- said Amante-Matba.

Moreover, Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Molina Jr, Commanding Officer, 23IB expressed his extreme gratitude to the government and to the FRs. “We will continue encouraging the remaining victims of the CPP-NPA to return to the folds of the government. It’s not yet the end of their time. Especially now that all government agencies are working together towards this endeavor.”