36 ex-rebels in Quezon receive cash, livelihood aid

June 9, 2023 Jane Eleda 260 views

SOME 36 former rebels in Quezon province on Thursday received cash and livelihood assistance during a simple ceremony held at the headquarters of the 1st Infantry Battalion in Bgy. Tongohin, Infanta, Quezon.

The giving of aid was made through the collaboration of the Philippine Army’s 1IB of the 2nd Infantry Division, the Department of Social Welfare and Development 4A, and the local government unit of Quezon.

According to the Philippine Army, the activity was a significant step towards achieving lasting peace and inclusive development and aims to support the reintegration of the former rebels into the mainstream society.

Recognizing the importance of socio-economic stability in fostering lasting peace, the 202nd “Unifier” Brigade having operational control over 1IB, has undertaken various efforts to address the root causes of conflict and promote reconciliation. Through this initiative, the concerned government agencies extend a helping hand to former rebels by providing them with opportunities for sustainable livelihood programs.

During the event, Usec. Alan Tanjusay of the DSWD – Office for Inclusive and Sustainable Peace, highlighted the government’s goal of attaining sustainable peace and emphasized the significance of reintegrating former rebels into the community.

Tanjusay said the assistance provided is part of the government’s comprehensive integration program designed to support the ex-rebels transition to a normal life.

The assistance package includes a cash grant, which will help the recipients alleviate immediate financial burdens and provide the means to meet their basic needs.

The beneficiaries also received training, resources and other support to establish hog-raising venture. This livelihood assistance aims to empower the former rebels to become self-reliant and self-sufficient, particularly in providing for their family’s needs.

Brig Gen Cerilo Balaoro Jr., commander of the 202nd Infantry Brigade, expressed his gratitude to concerned government agencies for their support in implementing the program.

“Your collective efforts manifest your commitment to achieving lasting peace and social cohesion in the region, particularly in Quezon province towards the attainment of an environment conducive to long-lasting peace, stability, and prosperity,” he added.

On April 11, 2023, 41 former rebels in Quezon province received ECLIP grants facilitated by the DILG.