A livelihood beneficiary (left) receives a working carabao from DOLE. Also in photo are Ms. Ma. Veronica Tabara, Co-chair of the Joint Enforcement and Monitoring Committee, Kabankalan City Mayor Pedro P. Zayco, Jr., Labor and Employment Officer Yul Adan Salvarita and City Tourism and Information Officer Jake Carlyn Gonzales.
DOLE RO NO. 6 through its Negros Occidental Field Office once again lives up to its commitment to promote lasting peace in the countryside by providing livelihood and facilitating employment to beneficiaries who returned to the folds of the law.
Through the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU), a Php1,000,000 livelihood assistance was turned over during the groundbreaking of the various livelihood interventions to the Kapatiran Peace and Development Community in Brgy. Locotan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental on June 23 this year.
“Ambagan ng sipag at pagpupunyagi para sa ikauunlad nang bawat Kapatiran,” said Undersecretary Cesar B. Yano of the Department of National Defense emphasizing on the collective effort of the government for the Kapatiran, a rejectionist group of the CPP-NPA who are now a community defense unit situated in Sitio Mambinay of the aforementioned barangay.
In line with the comprehensive peace process of OPAPRU and its “Paths to Peace” are programs for reconciliation, reintegration into mainstream society and rehabilitation.
DOLE, whose mandate is to promote the welfare of the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers in the informal sector, provided 16 Working Carabaos and Commodities Store Project for the Kapatiran Para sa Progresong Panlipunan Inc. (Kapatiran).
“We are pushing for peace and unity in the far-flung barangays of the region through our programs and services,” stressed Regional Director Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr., who puts forward poverty alleviation and social justice in his leadership. “The livelihood assistance is our contribution to the unified effort of all agencies concerned whose goal is the attainment of lasting peace.”