From the Manila Bulletin (Nov 15): Ex-rebel now into hog breeding as livelihood
Aside from having been hired as a forest guard under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), a former member of the Cordillera Forum for Peace and Development (CFPD) is now also into hog breeding to support his family’s needs.
CFPD is formerly the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA).
Wilson Balansi is the last to receive remuneration under the memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed in 2011 by the government and the CPLA-Cordillera Bodong Administration, a closure agreement “towards the CPLA’s final disposition of arms and forces and its transformation into a potent socioeconomic unarmed force.”
Balansi, said he will use the money to buy four hogs to start his hog-raising project – which he forsees would give his children a good future.
Balansi belongs to the last batch of former rebels in Abra to receive a financial remuneration this year. Other CFPD members received earlier received payment.