Nograles: Jobs needed for 100,000 ex-rebels

May 26, 2024 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 261 views

THE chairman of the House committee on labor and employment and Rizal 4th District Rep. Fidel Nograles emphasized the need for the government to help ex-rebels find a decent means of livelihood to discourage them from again taking up arms against the state.

This, as the National Amnesty Commission (NAC) recently said it estimates about 100,000 former rebels would avail of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s amnesty program.

The bulk of amnesty applicants are expected to come from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), NAC Commissioner Nasser Marohomsalic said.

“We have to provide ample support to those granted amnesty so they can return to their families and communities with renewed hope,” Nograles said.

The lawmaker had earlier lauded the Department of Labor and Employment for providing employment assistance to around 10,000 ex-rebels through its “Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa ating mga Disadvantage Workers” (TUPAD) program.

He emphasized that a stable means of livelihood would dissuade former rebels from returning to insurgency.

Nograles also noted that the great number of expected applicants for amnesty is a signal that the people are appreciating the government’s efforts to provide a better way of life for them.

“Kaya kailangang patuloy tayong magsumikap para mapalago ang agrikultura at mapababa ang presyo ng mga pangunahing bilihin lalo na ang pagkain, pagandahin ang kalidad ng edukasyon at healthcare, at lumikha ng trabaho para tuluyan nating masugpo ang insurhensiya sa ating bansa,” he added.

Marcos has issued several proclamations granting amnesty to members of the MILF, MNLF, and Rebolusyunaryong Partido ng Manggagawa ng Pilipinas / Revolutionary Proletarian Army / Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPMP-RPA-ABB), as well as former members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and their front organizations.

The NAC, meanwhile, has released the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for Amnesty Proclamation Nos. 403, 404, 405, and 406 this month.