The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in coordination with the 39th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army and the Local Government Unit of Cotabato, spearheaded the Turnover Ceremony of Livelihood Starter Kits to 40 Former Rebels in the said municipality on June 29, 2022.
The activity aimed to sustain the initial interventions given to FRs after they were successfully mainstreamed to their respective communities. This will also help them cope with the new life given to them to become responsive and interactive to the needs and interests of the communities they are part of.
As he talked to the beneficiaries, Congressman Rudy Caoagdan inspired them to be good and to have a genuine transition of becoming good citizens of the country. He said, “Let us always be thankful to the government as it looks for the betterment of every Filipino and may this program help convince others to surrender and become responsible residents of their communities.”
Government’s sustainment program is essential to ensure that the FRs will become progressive and productive citizens of the their communities which will further prevent them from returning to armed struggle. — PA