From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 11, 2019): TESDA to train more Cordillera rebel returnees, IPs
BAGUIO CITY -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) will provide an institution-based and community-based training for rebel returnees and members of the indigenous peoples (IPs).
“TESDA has launched the Rural Employment Generation for Social Equity (REGSE) projects which is in accordance with the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), the Executive Order No. 70 also known as the ‘Task Force Balik-Loob’,” TESDA-CAR officer-in-charge Manuel Wong said on Thursday.
The REGSE program is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s advocacy in reintegrating former rebels (FR’s) back to society, helping IPs and other special clients improve their living conditions.
Wong said they were able to provide technical-vocational training to 119 rebel returnees last year as part of the government’s effort to give them a better life when they go back to mainstream society.
"I am assuring you that TESDA-CAR will be providing better services to all of our clients and make government more visible to beneficiaries," he said.
Currently, the regional and provincial offices of the TESDA are in coordination with the Philippine National Police, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines for collaboration programs.