Malita, Davao Occidental – Former Rebels staying in Bahay Pag-Asa, Headquarters 73IB, received cash assistance with the amount of three thousand nine hundred sixty (3,960) yesterday, April 21, 2020 in connection with DOLE Cash for Work Program.
Since 01 January 2020, a total of 34 communist terrorists surrendered to the 73rd Infantry Battalion. They were enrolled with the government’s E CLIP where they will received cash and livelihood assistance. While waiting for the assistance, they were hired by DOLE through the initiative of Congresswoman Lorna Bautista-Bandigan to clean the surroundings along the National Highway.
Through this cash assistance, it will alleviate the needs of the former rebels. “Malipayon kami nga gihatagan namon ang kuwarta. Kini usa ka maayo nga tabang nga makahatag kini sa among kaugalingon nga panginahanglan. Mapasalamaton kaayo kami nga sa taliwala sa krisis sa among kaugmaon ang gobyerno wala makalimtan kanamo.” one former rebel said. (We are happy that they gave us money. It is a great help to us, especially with our personal needs. We are very grateful that in the midst of the crisis we are facing, the government has not forgotten us.)
“The joy in the faces of our former rebels is priceless. On behalf of 73rd Infantry Battalion, I would like to extend my gratitude to DOLE and the good office of Congresswoman Lorna Bautista-Bandigan for the cash assistance they gave to our former rebels.” Lt. Col. Ronaldo G Valdez, Commander 73IB, lauded.
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