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Former CPP-NPA supporters benefit from DOLE livelihood


Three former supporters of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Ilocos Sur received sari-sari-store packages from the DOLE-Regional Office I. 

In separate awarding ceremonies on October 7, DOLE-RO I Assistant Regional Director Honorina Baga led the awarding of the livelihood assistance worth about P20 thousand each to the beneficiaries – one from the municipality of Sta. Cruz and two from the municipality of Sta. Lucia.  

The livelihood assistance was taken from the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) which is the Department’s contribution to the government’s agenda of inclusive growth through massive job generation and poverty reduction.  Subject to guidelines and requirements, the assistance is given to eligible vulnerable and marginalized workers as a grant for capacity building on livelihood and entrepreneurial undertakings. 

Also present were Major Rogelio Dumbrigue, Jr., CMO Officer of the 702nd Infantry Brigade, 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army; Sta. Cruz Mayor Teresita Valle; Sta. Lucia Mayor Joseph Simon Valdez; Emmanuel Hagad, Head of the DOLE-Ilocos Sur Field Office; Sherwin Keith Abalos, Labor and Employment Officer III; other LGU officials and staff, and barangay captains and officials. 

The beneficiaries are former officers and representatives of identified underground mass supporters of the CPP-NPA, namely, Ilocos Human Rights Alliance (IHRA)-Karapatan, Timpuyog ti Umili iti Karayan Buaya (TUKB) and Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (STOP Ex).  

The surrender of the communist supporters is a result of the Philippine Army’s Community Support Program (CSP) which is aligned with the whole-of-nation approach implemented by the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC). 

President Duterte issued Executive Order No. 70 on December 4, 2018 to mandate all national line agencies, local government units and other government instrumentalities to converge their respective services in areas affected by local insurgency and those identified to be vulnerable to effectively combat the problem. 

“We are providing our beneficiaries better income opportunities because we recognize that poverty is one of the root causes of community people’s vulnerability to terrorism.  We hope that our beneficiaries will sincerely denounce insurgency and pledge their loyalty to our country once again,” DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Sherwin Keith T. Abalos, DOLE-ISFO

RD Evelyn R. Ramos
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