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Ex-Davao NPA supporters get livelihood seed capital from PNP

September 12, 2021 Alfred P. Dalizon 352 views

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief, General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar on Saturday turned over the seed capital given by the government to former New People’s Army sympathizers and supporters in Southern Mindanao who have returned to the mainstream of the society and have now organized themselves into livelihood cooperatives.

Joined by Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 director, Brigadier Gen. Filmore B. Escobal, the PNP chief gave the seed capital to the People’s Organization organized by the PRO11 Revitalized-Pulis sa Barangay (R-PSB) formed to help people living in so-called Geographically Isolated and Disadvantageous Areas in Southern Mindanao usually being taken advantage of by the NPA movement.

On Saturday, Gen. Eleazar motored to the Davao del Oro Police Provincial Office where he met with the former NPA members from Davao de Oro, Davao Oriental and Agusan del Norte provinces who are now getting full support from the government.

Brig. Gen. Escobal said the Davao de Oro PPO had already organized 91 People’s Organizations (POs) with their members now reaching more than 4,000. Seventy of the POs have already obtained their Certificate of Registration from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) while the papers of the rest are still being processed.

Escobal said the seed capital received by the POs will ensure the continuity of their livelihood programs. Those who received the funding included the New Dalaguete Motor Driver’s Association represented by Samson Otbot; the Kabatan-onan Nagkahiusa Para sa Kalambuan sa New Dalaguete headed by Jowelyn Pagas; the Mandaya Womens’ Association of Barangay Panansalan led by Mely Badong;

The Kaimunan Kababayen-ang Sag LUmad sa Puting Bato Association headed by Ms. Rachel Tayeng; the Bagani Workers Association led by Nelson Tabag; the Kaimonan Mag-uuma Sang Lumad sa Puting Baton represented by Lindo Adlawan; the Puting Bato Youth Livelihood Association led by Omar Adlawan; the Mangayon Tilapia Growers’ Association headed by Ms. Fe Dacles; and the San Vicente Nursery Farmer’s Association represented by Marlito Mabalio.

The POs have committed to help the PRO11 maintain peace and order in their communities and discard the presence of NPA as part of their support to the government’s continuing effort to finally put an end to the more than 5-decardes old communist insurgency.

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