Monday, September 14, 2020

DTI Distributed another Livelihood Starter Kits to 29 Former Rebels in Bukidnon

MARAMAG, Bukidnon - Another 29 Livelihood starter kits were distributed to Former Rebels (FRs) by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in collaboration with the 88th Infantry “Maringal” Battalion, Phillippine Army held at Headquarters 88IB, Purok 10, South Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon on September 11, 2020.

The activity of DTI was through its “Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa,” a livelihood and entrepreneurship program of the department.

It is one of the programs of the PTF-ELCAC under Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment cluster in attaining durable peace and sustainable development.

The FRs received Livelihood Starter Kits for Rice Trading, Parlor and Barbershop, Carenderia, Carpentry, and E-Loading Business. Each received Starter Kits worth P8,000.

The DTI distributed a total of 29 Starter Kits to the FRs which is equivalent to P232,000.

It can be recalled that last September 4, 2020, a batch of 40 FRs also received Livelihood Starter Kits from the DTI. All in all, DTI distributed a total of 69 starter kits to the FRs which is equivalent to P532,000.

Director Eriberto A. Taban-ud Jr, DTI Provincial Director of Bukidnon, said, “We in DTI encourage you to do business because in business, there is always a good chance to succeed as long as we manage it properly. The government, through its Whole of Nation Approach, is always ready to help you not just the DTI but all government agencies.”

Alias Ragasi, one of the former rebels, uttered in his local dialect, “Subra ang among pagpasalamat nga kami nahatagan ug higayun nga maka dawat ug ayuda gikan sa gobyerno daku na kaayu ni nga tabang sa amoang paginabuhian, kami nga saad nga amoa pa kining palambuun ug pabungahon." (We are very grateful that we have been allowed to receive assistance from the government which will be a great help and contribution to our livelihood, we assure that we will continue to improve and prosper it.)

LTC Franklin F Fabic, Commanding Officer of 88IB, expressed his thanks to the DTI Provincial Director. “Again, thank you for being our partner in winning the peace and bringing the government closer to the people especially to our FRs who became victims of the wrong ideology of the communist terrorists. This will be a great help to entice more rebels to surrender in the folds of the law and enjoy government programs.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 88th Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Diamond, PA

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