Former Rebels Get Livelihood Trainings in Abra

LAGANGILANG, Abra – The 24th Infantry (Wildcat) Battalion facilitated a livelihood training for the former rebels at its headquarters, today.

Former rebels who surrendered to 24IB starting July 2016 received livelihood trainings from the Cordillera Administrative Region Technical and Educational Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Regional Office.

The conduct of livelihood training was a part of the implementation of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). It is a complete package program for the former rebels and active supporters (Militiang Bayan), who want to go back to the mainstream society and start a peaceful and productive life.

The ECLIP Committee in Abra which is chaired by the Provincial Governor is co-chaired by the 24IB Battalion Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Jearie Boy P Faminial.

The Army unit coordinated with the TESDA Regional Office to conduct trainings to the former rebels in order for them to have a foresight on where they are going to spend their monetary livelihood assistance given by the Depaetment of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Major General Lenard T Agustin AFP, Commander of 7th Infantry (KAUGNAY) Division said, “It is our great desire to ensure the implementation of the ECLIP. By assisting the FRs to receive these capacity building activities, we are making them confident for a brighter life ahead of them”.

While Brigadier General Henry A Robinson Jr AFP, Commander, 702nd Brigade commended the 24IB in its initiative to partner with government agencies in the delivery of their basic services to the former rebels.

“The livelihood trainings in partnership with TESDA CAR will be conducted regularly starting today. We, together with other agencies will ensure to implement the ECLIP, a flagship program of the current administration for the former rebels.” said Lt Col Faminial, Battalion Commander of 24IB.

“As the midterm national and local election is fast approaching, your Army remain steadfast in its mission to end insurgency in Abra. Soon enough, as their comrades in the hinterlands realized that those who have surrendered had a well and good life, they too will be encouraged to start anew.” he added.