IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon, Nov. 16 --Some forty (40) former members of the New People's Army (NPA) successfully graduated from the Masonry and Carpentry training courses offered by the government.
The training was led by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Bukidnon Provincial Office in partnership with the MMS Development Training Center Corporation and the 8th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army.
The former rebels were also assessed and were given the National Certificates 2 indicating that they are competent in the said skills.
Glin Pasibog, a Masonry graduate, thanked the government and expressed how happy he was being chosen as one of the beneficiaries.
"I am very happy that I was endorsed by the Army to undergo the said Masonry training, I am now ready to work and I hope I could find one," he said during their graduation ceremony held at the 8th Infantry Battalion Headquarters, November 16.
Kotie Bax, the Provincial Director of TESDA-Bukidnon congratulated the former rebels and explained the significance of the activity. "That Toga you are wearing today means you already turned into manhood, that you are now skilled workers. You can't be called a man if you don't know how to use a hammer," she said.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Illana, the commanding officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion, commended the graduates and encouraged them to use the skills they acquired to support their livelihood and help build peaceful communities.
He also thanked the graduates for actively participating in the classes and promised to assist them in securing jobs. (8th Infantry Battalion)