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  • Writer's pictureAnnabelle Mamattong

12 rebel returnees in Bontoc, Mt. Province granted over P.2M livelihood aid

Updated: Oct 17, 2022

Bontoc, Mt. Province – 12 former rebels from Bontoc, Mountain Province were granted livelihood aid on Thursday, October 13, at Camp Montes, Poblacion of said municipality.

With the grant, it is expected that the beneficiaries will be equipped to augment their income.

PNP Mountain Province said the rebel returnees received carpentry and welding tools including planers, speed cutters, claw hammers, portable inverter welding machines, welding rods, welding gloves, welding helmets, protective/safety eye wears, other raw materials, and insurance benefits amounting to P 288,172.

Said grant is under the Department of Labor and Employment under the DOLE Integrated livelihood Program (DILP) of KABUHAYAN program that provides the beneficiaries with startup capital to engage in individual or group enterprise endeavors in order to develop into viable and sustainable businesses.

The qualified beneficiaries of the DILP are rebel returnees, unpaid family workers, low-waged and seasonal workers, workers displaced or to be displaced, and marginalized and landless farmers, among others.

During the awarding, Regional Director of DOLE, Nathaniel Lacambra, emphasized that the starter kit provided will help improve the lives of rebel returnees while going back into mainstream society, with this, other rebels will realize that cooperating with the government is a life worth living.

Police Provincial Director Pcol. Rey De Peralta, expressed his gratitude to the DOLE for making the rebel returnees one of their priorities, adding that the given livelihood aid shall be productive and turn into a source of income.

Meantime, Mt. Province representative Maximo Dalog, Jr. affirmed his support and that he encouraged them to avail the skills training of the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to learn more skills and knowledge to use the livelihood materials to improve their life.


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