CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, ZDS – Fifty-nine Former Rebels and their supporters are now job-ready after they’ve graduated to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Training Skills 9:00 a.m. today, December 27, 2019 held at Multipurpose Building, Brgy Guinoman, Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay Province.
The former rebels and their supporters successfully completed the Livelihood Training such as Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Food Processing and Cake Baking for one month.
TESDA Regional Director Noralaine R. Rasul, Ph. D. congratulated the graduates and hoped for more enrollees like FRs for them to gain skills and jobs which is beneficial for their families.
Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th Infantry Battalion Commander, who facilitated the surrender of FRs and their supporters and assisted them to enroll in TESDA, vowed to work and encourage more surrenderees to sustain the gains of peace and development in the province.
Meanwhile, Col. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction of Zamboanga Sibugay said that, “This fruitful endeavor is the result of the whole-of-nation approach and the convergence of the National Government Units and Agencies in the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict”.
For his part, Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., Acting Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division and Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN, was delighted by the successful activity and the choice of the FRs to become a productive individual.
“This is the best gift you (FRs) have received this yuletide season. Use and take advantage of the skills you’ve just acquired and be a productive citizen in your communities”, said Gaerlan.
“We also hoped that you will encourage some of your comrades to follow your path, stop the armed struggle and live a normal life”, Gaerlan concluded.