85 former rebels join govt’s integration program

A total of 85 former rebels from the different barangays of Paquibato and Baguio District in Davao City participated in the two-day integration forum of the government.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Region XI (TESDA XI), along with the Davao Peace 911, and 16th Infantry Battalion spearheaded the conduct of the said activity conducted on April 4-5, 2019 at the Regional Training Center-Korea Philippines Vocational Training Center, in Tibungco, Davao City.

Dubbed as the Community Integrator’s Forum, the activity aims to empower the former rebels which will be now called as community integrators.

The program also aids to the sustainment of government programs including the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) by giving lectures to the community integrators.

TESDA XI Regional Director, Engr. Lorenzo Macapili, in an interview during the forum, shared that for this activity TESDA offers facilities to any training and non-training activities under Davao Peace 911. The Davao Peace 911 oversees the area of Paquibato and Baguio District to localize peace building.

“Davao City, through Peace 911, implemented activities which are in need of support by other national government agencies like TESDA,” he said.

Macapili explained the importance of social preparation, saying that “the passion and interest of the cooperators are much needed in a convergence project”.

“Anchored to the EO 70, TESDA espouses the value chain programming of TVET. What will happen next after the training? The loop must be completed. That is the time wherein other agencies must intervene,” he said.

Macapili added that TESDA will assist in job seeking and finding the right people to be trained and certified.

Moreover, the community integrators as well as their families were profiled to identify their preferred trainings.

Part of the intervention are Bureau of Plant Industry, City Coop, City Agri, City Vet, PhilHealth, Philippine Statistics Authority, LTO, SSS, DILG, NCIP, PNP, DepEd, City Tourism, DOLE/PESO, Team Humanity, DSWD, DTI, DOH, CHO, PCA, NFA, DENR, DA, CSSDO, and 89th IB.

“We are thankful to local government unit, to the initiative of City Government of Davao. This is all anchored to the general framework of the national government.  TESDA’s two mandate is to give programs for global competitiveness and programs for social equity. And to answer the needs of the community through education and training,” Macapili concluded.

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