BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – Former rebels (FRs) who are staying at the halfway house inside the headquarters of the 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion recently received assistance from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) of Agusan del Norte. The distribution was held last December 22, 2020, at the headquarters of the 23rd IB in Jamboree Site, Purok 6, Barangay Alubihid, Buenavista. The FRs received one (1) sack of rice, food packs containing assorted canned goods, noodles, coffee, and other basic needs.
The distribution activity served as gift-giving by the PSWDO and the 23rd IB troopers, especially during the Christmas season. The FRs were thankful for the graces they received, saying that their Christmas this year is already complete and full of joy.
Alias Benon was glad upon receiving his gift, saying that the government has made his family happy this yuletid23e season.
“Dako ang akong pasalamat sa gobyerno labi na sa lokal nga panggagamhanan sa Agusan del Norte, sa PSWDO ug sa mga kasundaluhan sa 23rd IB nga kanunay mo bisita ug mo suta sa among sitwasyon. Wala mi nila sukad pasagdi ug gi atiman kami pag-ayo. Gawas sa mga pinansyal nga ayuda gikan sa mga klase-klaseng ahensya, anaa gayod sila kanunay ihatag nga pagkaon ug uban pang mga pang-adlaw-adlaw nga panginahanglanon. Gawas pa niana, kung aduna man gani mi mga balatian ila ming tabangan aron ma konsulta sa hospital. Dako among pasalamat sa ilang pag tabang ug pag akatar kanamo nga dako kaayo ug tabang sa among pag sugod ug bag-ong kinabuhi,” Benon said.
Miss Silver Joy Tejano, PSWDO Provincial Director gave an inspirational message to the FRs during the distribution activity.
“We are always happy to present simple assistance to you especially in this season of giving. E-CLIP was designed to help the former rebels who left the armed struggle and it was created in order to help the FRs to start living normally. We hope that all the assistance you’ve received will help you begin your new journey. May you help our government to end insurgency so that everyone will be given a chance to reach their dreams and ambitions,” Tejano said.
Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the Commanding Officer of 23IB was so glad that the FR’s lives were transformed.
“Christmas is the perfect opportunity to reach distressed people. As these FRs here were always receiving assistance from the government, we also want to disseminate the good news to their former comrades so that they might as well be motivated to leave the armed movement and go back to the folds of the law in order to benefit all the assistance provided under the E-CLIP. Before this year ends, the greatest gift that the remnants of the CTGs to give to themselves is a peaceful and life. Lay down their arms now and experience the joy of being with your family,” Paulo said.