February 1, 2023

MALIBCONG, Abra – Livelihood trainings for residents in Barangay Buanao this municipality will soon start after the launching of the  “Kabuhayan para sa Kapayapaan” Project by the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

The trainings will be on masonry, carpentry, organic agriculture production, and entrepreneurial.

Sixty trainees, composed of indigenous peoples and former rebels, have been listed to take the training courses.  

The Kabuhayan para sa Kapayapaan is part of the cluster’s project in support to Executive Order 70 that institutionalized the whole-of-nation approach to end local communist armed conflict towards the attainment of sustainable and inclusive peace.

Buanao Punong Barangay Sergio Paganao expressed his gratitude to those who initiated the program.

“We are very grateful that the services of the government have already reached us here in the far-flung areas. Under the administration and leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte, services and programs of the government are now brought to us gradually,” he said.

Malibcong Vice Mayor Regino Siddayao also thanked the participating agencies as he encouraged everyone to work together in bringing more training services and programs of the government to the people.

“From top to bottom, we, who are working in the government, must help one another to provide the needs of our people. The services of the government were not felt by our people. That is one of the reasons why there is insurgency in our province. But now, here comes the government bringing the services that we are longing for. With these livelihood trainings and production brought to us, we could feel the sincerity of our government to serve its people,” he said.

Members of the PRLEC also signed a pledge of commitment with the local government unit of Malibcong for the sustainability of the project.

The launching program was also attended by Civil Military Operations Officer 1Lt. John Rey Barro of the 24th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army; Malibcong Municipal Police Station Acting Chief of Police, Lt. Edwin Laruya; and Capt. Daryl Garro of the 1504th Maneuver Company, Regional Mobile Force Battalion. – Xandro Alexander D. Cariño

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