From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Oct 24): GRADUATES | 50 former NPAs complete TESDA Course in Misamis Occidental
MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL (DWDD) – At least 50 rebel returnees have graduated after taking up a vocational couse offered by the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority in Misamis Occidental.
Lt. Col. Gerry Besana, spokesman of Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM), said 50 former members of the New People’s Army marched in black toga during the closing ceremony on Monday. They were given a certificate for completing electrical installation and maintenance National Certification II, a course provided by TESDA at the headquarters of the 10th Infantry Battalion in Plaridel town.
The military official said skills training is another way to help rebel returnees besides the financial program where NPA combatants and mass supporters initially receive monetary support in exchange for surrendering firearms.
On the other hand, Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo, commander of the 1st Army Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan, commended the efforts of the 10IB and stakeholders to attain peace.
“This will encourage more rebels to surrender and take advantage of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government,” Murillo said. Photo courtesy of 10IB / MCAG