Friday, December 4, 2020

Former CTG members and sympathizers graduate from skills training in Bukidnon

IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon - A total of 11 former Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) members and sympathizers, who are in the care of the 8th Infantry Battalion, successfully completed the pipefitting training at the Headquarters 403rd Infantry Brigade, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon on November 28, 2020.

The said graduates underwent 20 days of pipe fitting training facilitated by the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) of Bukidnon and MACES Skills Training Institute Inc. These graduates will be directly hired by the Aboitiz Construction Company.

This program was created through the active partnership of Mr. El Cid H Castillo, Provincial Director of TESDA-Bukidnon; Mr. Edwin P. Trinidad, School Administrator of MACES Skills Training Institute Inc.; Mr. Norvin P. Pitogo, Human Resource of Aboitiz Construction Company; BGen Ferdinand T Barandon, Commander of 403rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, as part of the government interventions for the former rebels.

“Malipayon akong nakabenepisyo sa programa nga gihatag sa atong gobyerno kaabag ang uban pribadong ahensya. Usa kini ka dakong opurtunidad para kanamo aron magmalambuon ang amoang kinabuhi,” said alias Troy one of the former CTG sympathizers who graduated from the pipefitting training.

(I am grateful to benefit from the programs given by our government. This is a great opportunity for us to improve our lives.)

Lt. Col. Edgardo V. Talaroc Jr., Commanding Officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion said, “Nagpasalamat ako sa among mga kaabag sa pagpanday og kalinaw ug kalamboan alang sa ilang mga kontribusyon sa pagtabang sa among mga kanhing rebelde. Kini nga yunit magpadayon sa paghatag og mga tabang sa among mga kanhing rebelde aron adunay mas maayo nga kinabuhi.”

(I am thankful to our partners in peace-building and development for their contributions in helping our former rebels. This unit will continue to give interventions to our former rebels to have better lives.)

"Kongrats sa tanan nga nakagradwar. Kini nga kalihokan usa ka pamatuud nga ang Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict dili gyud pasagdan ang mga mobalik sa sabakan sa balaod apan magpadayon nga maghatag sa mga interbensyon alang sa ilang paghiusa balik sa kinatibuk-ang katilingban," said Brigade General Ferdinand T Barandon, 403rd Brigade Commander.

(My congratulations to all the graduates. This activity is proof that the Task Force to End Local Communists Armed Conflict will never neglect those who return to the folds of the law but will continue to provide interventions for their reintegration to the mainstream society.)

Last October 30, 2020, eight (8) former rebels, who are also in the care of 8IB, graduated from skills training and are already employed with Aboitiz Construction Company with a daily compensation of P415.00.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 8th Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Diamond, PA

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