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39 ex-rebels receive livelihood starter kits

THIRTY nine former rebels (FRs) received Livelihood Starter Kits from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in collaboration with 88th Infantry “Maringal” Battalion, Phillippine Army held at Headquarters 88IB, Purok 10, South Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon, the military reported yesterday.

The DTI activity was implemented through “Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa,” ite livelihood and entrepreneurship program.

This is one of the government programs for FRs under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

Each FR received a Sari-Sari Store Starter Kit worth P8,000 of different goods. All in all, the DTI distributed a total of 39 Starter Kits to the FRs which is equivalent to P312,000.

“The department is very much honored to help the former rebels and be part of their new beginnings. As part of our department goals, we will do our best to offer and bring government services closer to them,” said Director Eriberto A. Taban-ud Jr, DTI Provincial Director of Bukidnon.

“Now that I surrendered, I am now receiving government services. I am thankful to DTI and 88IB for bringing us the genuine government services. My heartfelt gratitude for all of you,” said Datu Dado.