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Negros Occidental gives livelihood assistance to rebel returnees

Bacolod City (6 December) -- Seven rebel returnees from Brgy. Camindangan, Municipality of Cauayan were recipients of the livelihood assistance provided by Neg. Occ. Gov. Alfredo G. Maraņon, Jr. to help them uplift their lives as a start of good relationship with the government.

Dubbed as "Hatag nga Pangabuhi-an, Padulong sa Pagbag-o", the turnover ceremony was held Saturday, at the 47th IB headquarter of the Philippine Army located in Brgy. Tiling, that was also witnessed by families of the rebel returnees and some residents.

Two units of egg machine and seven pigs that are two months pregnant, as well as five sacks of feeds were given to the rebel returnees.

The former rebels were convinced to unite with the government, by the 47th IB soldiers led by Lt. Col. Rodrigo Sosmeņa, Commanding Officer, who were also given a unit of egg machine for use in the headquarters.

303rd IB Commander, Col. Jonas Sumagaysay was represented by Col. Francis Patrimonio who said that they advocate solving insurgency problems through peaceful means.

Cong. Mercedes K. Alvarez (Neg.Occ.6th Dist.) also encouraged the beneficiaries to do good in cooperation with the government as she also distributed seven sacks of feeds to complement the assistance given by Gov. Maraņon.

She also said that they will be enrolled in Philhealth and in the Negros Occ. Comprehensive Health Program (NOCHP) to give them free hospitalization in public hospitals whenever necessary; the children were also entitled of scholarships from her office.

Gov. Maraņon stressed that he wanted every Negrense to fight poverty and not each other. (Capitol News/PIA/cad) [top]

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