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NoCot POs obtain P6.6-M cash aid from DSWD-12

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Twenty-two peoples’ organizations (POs) formed of former New People’s Army (NPA) members and supporters got about PHP6.6 million in financial aid from the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Soccsksargen (DWSD-12) on Wednesday.

The money was given out as part of the E.O. 70 of the Whole-of-the-Nation Approach in Ending of Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) signed by the late President Rodrigo R. Duterte, according to DSWD-12 chief Loreto Cabaya, to aid former communist rebels and communities affected by conflict in finding peace and progress.

“Our salute and thanks to President Ferdinand R. Marcos for letting this program continue, so we guarantee you that our agency will enjoin all efforts to realize the goal of ELCAC,” Cabaya added.

Through their respective group leaders, each PO received checks totaling PHP300,000 as start-up funds, with nine coming from President Roxas Town, five from Makilala, and four each from the municipalities of Tulunan and Antipas.
They were organized through the Community Support Program by the Army’s 72nd Infantry Battalion (IB) and 39th IB led by Lt. Colonels Jose Regonay and Ezzra Balagtey, respectively.

“The sustainable livelihood program (SLP) is part of the comprehensive approach of ending the conflict in different areas, and we are glad that the program is serving as a starting for socio-economic intervention in our communities formerly touched with violence,” Balagtey added.

Melinda Siega, the SLP-Makilala Association president, expressed thanked the program, as she committed to efficiently managing the given opportunity.

“In the past, whenever we spotted military, we promptly asked ourselves where is the ongoing operation? But now, we frequently inquire about the programs they provide, the speaker remarked.

The SLP is a community-based development initiative designed to raise the socioeconomic standing of POs and the areas in which they live.

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