Photo courtesy of 27th Infantry Batallion

THE military reported that former members of the New People’s Army who were organized into 

eight people’s associations in Paquibato and Marilog Districts on September 3 received cash incentives under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (Tupad) program of the government. 

The report said 181 individuals received about P700,000 worth of cash and other forms of assistance as they start to assimilate themselves into the society.

First Lieut. Gen Adrian Gautane, 27th Infantry Battalion Civil-Military Operations officer, said the beneficiaries were former rebels and their supporters.

The implementation of the program was a collaboration among the city government, the military and other government agencies.

The beneficiaries were the participants of the three-day peace-building seminar aimed at helping them start their lives after spending time with the rebel movement.

The program is part of the government mechanisms specified in the Executive Order 70 or the order to end local armed conflict with the Communist.

The beneficiaries, who received P3,960 each, are members of Kialao Farmer’s Association, Kamanyan-Riverside Farmer’s Association, Salindua Farmer’s Association, Meluya Farmer’s Association, Magwasay Farmer’s Association, Pandaitan Farmer’s Association, Paradise Embac Farmers Association, and San Miguel Farmers Association from Paquibato and Marilog Districts.

 

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