129 former NPA rebels complete Tesda courses

One hundred twenty nine former members of Militia ng Bayan (MB) received their Pangkabuhayan starter tool kits during the closing and awarding ceremony of Skills Training Caravan at Sitio Diat Palo, Barangay Napnapan, Pantukan, Compostela Valley.

Capt. Jerry Lamosao, the spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Division, said the 129 returnees are beneficiaries of the skills training caravan program of the municipal community training and employment coordinator in partnership with the LGU-Pantukan, the provincial government of Compostela Valley, Office of the Congressman District II and the 46th Infantry Battalion.

The beneficiaries, who are former members of Militia ng Bayan (MB), Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad of NPAs came from Sitio Boringot and Diat Palo of Barangay Napnapan and Sitio Panganason, Barangay Kingking, both of Pantukan, Compostela Valley.

They surrendered to 46th IB based in Pantukan, ComVal.

The participants successfully completed the training requirements of MTEC-Pantukan with National Certificate II (NCII) from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Out of the total beneficiaries, 51 completed courses on shielded metal and arc welding, 31 on motorcycle small engine repair, 28 on massage therapy, and 19 on nail care.

Present during the event were Ferdinand A Sanchez, Municipal-CTEC of Pantukan; Catherine Uy-Pangay, Executive Assistant II- Office of the Governor; Nick Bryan Patalinghug, PIO of LGU-Pantukan; Violeta D. Balani.

Also present were Jovito M Rodriguez, barangay captain of Napnapan, 1Lt. Eric P Hernandez, commanding officer of Bravo Company, 46th Infantry (Peacemakers) Battalion.

The said beneficiaries were very grateful for the assistance provided by Peacemakers Battalion and the program accorded to them by the local government. This program is of great help for them in improving their standard of living.

“The quality education is a government mission and vision; citing some examples of how short courses have brought out millionaires among ordinary citizens who used their skills as stepping stone for progress,” Compostela Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy said in his message read by her executive assistant, Catherine Uy-Pangay.

Uy also encouraged the beneficiaries to work harder using their acquired skills to produce quality services and jobs.

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