Baler, Aurora – As part of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and to provide sustainable livelihood program to the former rebels (FRs), the 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion, 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division Philippine Army under the leadership of LTC REANDREW P RUBIO INF (GSC) PA, in partnership and collaboration with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Aurora headed by Director Edna Dizon conducted Entrepreneurship Seminar attended by fourteen (14) Former Rebels held at Headquarters 91IB, 7ID, PA Brgy Calabuanan, Baler, Aurora on 10 June 2020.
The purpose of the seminar is to educate the FRs on the importance of handling and managing their initial livelihood such as broiler raising, duck raising, “ihaw-ihaw” and recently planting of chili and papaya.
“There will be another wave of livelihood support from DTI by giving of livelihood starter kits intended to our twenty (20) FRs,” LTC RUBIO said, explaining that this is not the end of their support but this is just the beginning of another milestone in order to sustain the daily needs of FRs and their future.
“We are going to help everyone up to the extent that we can and will guide you to be successful in the business industry that you are choosing,” Mrs. Dizon said.
COL ANDREW D COSTELO INF (GSC) PA, Commander 703rd Infantry Brigade, 7ID, PA lauded the efforts of SINAGTALA troopers for their dedication in helping the FRs especially this crisis period.
“We are now observing that benefits from the government are now given to the people who deserved it. It is just showing support and telling us our government’s taking good care of our former rebels,” COSTELO said.
“I am now encouraging the members of the NPAs to lay down their arms and support the government’s initiatives in ending local armed conflict. Let us end the war and live our life together with our family with peace and security,” he added.
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