Former NPAs join livelihood seminar

Published December 6, 2018, 6:03 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Mike Crismundo

BUTUAN CITY – Twenty former communist-New People’s Army Rebels (NPAs) joined the three-day sustainable livelihood training held at the headquarters of the 36th Infantry (Valor) Battallion (36th IB) in Barangay Dayoan, Tago, Surigao del Sur that started Wednesday, December 5.

Capt. Francisco P. Garello, Jr., Civil Military Operation (CMO) officer of the 36th IB, told The Manila Bulletin on Thursday that some of the sustainable livelihood training being attended by the former rebels were basic haircutting and carpentry.

“The livelihood training is part of our Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) to NPA rebels who already laid down their arms and return to the fold of the government and eyeing to be productive in their respective local communities,” the 36th IB CMO chief added.

Meanwhile, 36th IB commander Lt. Col. Lt. Colonel Xerxes A. Trinidad, said the former rebels who attended the three day livelihood training will also receive the starter tool kits upon completion of their training.

“Their livelihood training will surely boost our peace and development program in this province (Surigao del Sur),” the 36th “Valor” Battallion commander added.