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Ex-Rebels Now See Greener Pastures
They have turned their back from anti-government activities, after years of being blinded by propaganda that served them more harm than good.
And now, as they return into the fold of the law, these former rebels in Pinili, Ilocos Norte are seeing greener pastures, thanks to the help from the Department of Labor and Employment.
The 35 rebel returnees were given livelihood assistance on cattle raising through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP), amounting to P1,200,000.
Each of the beneficiaries received one head of cattle, as livestock-raising is a common livelihood in the town.
To support them in their livelihood, the Local Government Unit of Pinili, Ilocos Norte led by Mayor Rommel Labasan gave the rebel returnees assistance amounting to P287, 200. This amount funded the purchase of vitamins and medicines for the livestock, and veterinary services. The cattle raisers also underwent proper livestock care training.
The livelihood recipients were former officers, members, and mass supporters of underground mass organizations promoting communist ideologies in the area.
“The lack of access to viable livelihood and economic resources incite some constituents to join leftist movements which give them false promises of success and power. That’s why we at the DOLE always work hard to address the root cause to social instability – poverty,” said DOLE Regional Director Atty. Evelyn Ramos.
“Through the DILEEP, the government now become closer to its people, providing them gainful employment opportunities and ensure a peaceful and safe community,” she added.
The DOLE Ilocos Norte Field Office led by Chief Susan Maynes on June 10, 2021 led the awarding of the livelihood to the beneficiaries. It was witnessed by Mayor Labasan, Vice Mayor Maynard Francis Bumanglag, Municipal Agriculturist Phillip Galang, PESO Manager Mary Anne Therese Cabie, Cpt. Jerome G. Waclin, (INF) PA Commanding Officer Delta Company 24th 1B, 71D, PA and Pinili Chief of Police Lt. Reycar Almazan.
Through the livelihood intervention extended, the DOLE hopes to help resolve local communist armed conflicts that affect communities in Ilocos.
By bringing its programs closer to the grassroots, the DOLE is steadfast to enjoin every rebel to surrender their counter-productive ways, and instead return into the fold of the law -- into the side of the government’s fence, where the grass is always greener. (Justin Paul Marbella and Leonavella Duldulao)
RD Evelyn R. Ramos
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