ANOTHER set of livelihood starter kits were distributed to former rebels by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in collaboration with the 88th Infantry “Maringal” Battalion, Phillippine Army held at Headquarters 88IB, Purok 10, South Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon on September 11, 2020.
This activity was part of DTI’s livelihood and entrepreneurship program called “Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa.” This is one of the programs of the PTF-ELCAC under Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment cluster in attaining durable peace and sustainable development.
The former rebels received livelihood starter kits for rice trading, parlor and barbershop, carinderia, carpentry and e-loading business.
Each former rebels received starter kits worth P8,000. The DTI distributed a total of 29 starter kits equivalent to P232,000.
Last September 4, 2020, a batch of 40 former revels also received livelihood starter kits from the DTI. All in all, DTI distributed a total of 69 starter kits to the former revels which is equivalent to P532,000.
“We in DTI encourage you to do business because in business, there is always a good chance to succeed as long as we manage it properly. The government, through its Whole of Nation Approach, is always ready to help you not just the DTI but all government agencies,” said Director Eriberto A. Taban-ud Jr, DTI Provincial Director of Bukidnon.
“We are very grateful that we have been allowed to receive assistance from the government which will be a great help and contribution to our livelihood, we assure that we will continue to improve and prosper it,” said Alias Ragasi, one of the former rebels.
LTC Franklin F Fabic, Commanding Officer of 88IB, expressed his thanks to the DTI Provincial Director. “Again, thank you for being our partner in winning the peace and bringing the government closer to the people especially to our FRs who became victims of the wrong ideology of the communist terrorists. This will be a great help to entice more rebels to surrender in the folds of the law and enjoy government programs.”