ARAKAN, North Cotabato – At least 34 former NPA supporters from the
Tinananon-Manobo tribe in Barangay Tumanding here have successfully finished the Mobile Training on Appliance Repair of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on August 13, 2019.
The 34 former NPA supporters marched in white shirt and receive their certificate of training during the graduation program held at Lobo Bemboo Grills in Poblacion, Arakan, North Cotabato on Tuesday.
Lt. Col. Benjamin Dao-on said the graduates were formerly members of the so-called Underground Mass Organizations or UGMO who are supportive to the New People’s Army (NPA) in various ways.
“They surfaced and returned to the folds of the law amidst presence of government troops who conducted intensified Community Support Program (CSP) in selected barangays of Arakan since last year”, Dao-on said.
Meanwhile, Ms. Noraya Acas, TESDA Provincial Director said the training is part of agency’s National Integration Scholarship Program (NISP), which seeks to empower the former rebels and supporters as they go back to the mainstream society.
Acas also vowed to continue supporting similar programs in partnership with the 19th Infantry Battalion and other stakeholders.
The mobile training was successfully conducted due to the relentless support and coordination between 19 th Infantry Battalion, TESDA-North Cotabato Office and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Arakan, Cotabato.