The Department of Labor and Employment has allotted an initial P100-million emergency employment fund to more than 7,000 former Moro rebels for their speedy transformation into productive members of the society.
The fund was made after DOLE signed an agreement with Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process extending the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Program, aimed to assist the socioeconomic development and confidence-building of thousands of decommissioned MILF combatants.
“This partnership is focused on assisting former rebels to transition into civilian lives, and facilitate their transformation and the six MILF camps into peaceful and productive communities through employment facilitation, and sustainable livelihood assistance,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.
Under the agreement signed by Bello and Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr., DOLE will assist on the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro Normalization Program through the provision of emergency employment under its TUPAD program. Vito Barcelo
The DOLE will also provide employment facilitation programs and services to the former rebels under the Government Internship Program and Special Program for Employment of Students.