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DOLE’s TUPAD benefits 159 former rebels from 9 Cagayan municipalities

 

Rizal, Cagayan - A total of 159 former rebels from the Cagayan towns of Abulug, Allacapan, Amulung, Baggao, Gattaran, Pamplona, Piat, Rizal and Sto. Niño received assistance from DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program through the initiative of Secretary Silvestre ‘Bebot’ Bello III earlier today.

The provision of assistance to beneficiaries from identified-influenced barangays is a commitment of the labor department here in the region as member of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC).

In his speech, Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales talked about the strength in the convergence efforts of National Government Agencies (NGAs) and Local Government Units which eases the provision of assistance to beneficiaries of the DOLE.

Kami ay pumunta rito upang bigyan ng katuparan ang mga pangarap ninyo [former rebels] at namin na mabigyan kayo ng tulong ayon sa aming mandato sa ahensya,” Director Gonzales added.

Rizal, Cagayan Mayor, Atty. Brenda Belarmino-Ruma was thankful for the on-going assistance of NGAs through the RTF-ELCAC to identified influenced barangays, specifically mentioning the efforts of the former to assist beneficiaries from hard-to-reach areas like Rizal town.

Ako ay nagagalak at nandito ang Gobyerno gaya ng DOLE at DILG upang magbigay ng tulong sa mga malalayong lugar gaya ng Rizal),” Mayor Belarmino-Ruma said.

Nanay Linda (not her real name), one of the former rebel-beneficiaries given assistance, was meanwhile thankful for the assistance provided by DOLE and hopes for better days now that she has finally returned to the fold of the law.

Agyaman nak ti inted nga tulong ti Gobyerno ket tatta makita kon nga sabali ken napintas nu agsubli dituy baba (Maraming salamat sa binigay na tulong ng Gobyerno at ngayon ay nakikita ko na ang kaibahan ng buhay kapag magbalik-loob dito sa baba),” Nanay Linda said.

The ceremonial payout was also attended by staff from the DOLE - Cagayan-Batanes Field Office (CBFO), Col. Anatacio Macalan, Jr. (Ret.) of the Provincial Government of Cagayan representing Governor Manuel Mamba, Vicente Calimag, Jr. of DILG RO2, BGen. Steve Crispillo of the Philippine Army’s 5th Infantry Division (5ID-PA) and PCol. Romaldo G. Bayting, Deputy Regional Director for Operations of PNP PRO2. ###

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2021-08-02
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DIRECTOR JOEL M. GONZALES


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