Forty-seven former New People’s Army militias and supporters graduated on Thursday from courses on bread and pastry making being offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, facilitated by the municipal government of Calatrava in Negros Occidental.
The initiative was through the effort of Calatrava Mayor Marilyn Era in partnership with the provincial TESDA headed by Beverlyn Insular and ATONIYA Skills Education Incorporated, Lt. Col. Gerard Alvaran, 79th Infantry Battalion commander, said.
Alvaran also said the 47 TESDA scholars received toolkits for bread and pastry making and cash allowance as a startup of their livelihood.
Jaime Cogonon, one of the 47 graduates, said that their acquired knowledge, skills and materials will be a great help to them, as he thanked the government through TESDA, ATONIYA Skills Education Inc. and the Philippine Army for extending to them helping hands.
"This benevolent endeavor is in line with the mandate of the Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict to deliver basic services to the former rebel-affected communities and address issues and concerns that will pave the way towards lasting peace for Negrosanon,” Alvaran ,who spoke at the graduation rites held at the municipal hall of Calatrava, said.
We hope that you will continue to move on towards a peaceful and prosperous life and that you will never go back to the way of living you once had,” Alvaran also said, as he expressed his gratitude to the efforts of the municipal government of Calatrava and TESDA in helping former rebels and their supporters.*
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