100 displaced residents undergo livelihood training

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Friday, May 30, 2014


ABOUT a hundred individuals who were displaced by the September 2013 siege in Zamboanga City are set to graduate next week from a month-long livelihood skills training, an official announced.

The siege started when hundreds of so-called Misuari faction Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels infiltrated the city on September 9, 2013, displacing thousands of people.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Ma. Soccoro Roxas said the livelihood skills training include carpentry, plumbing, food processing and/or wellness/cosmetology.

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Roxas said the livelihood training is aimed to provide skills to enable them to earn on their own to start a new life.

Roxas said the livelihood skills training is jointly conducted by the CSWDO and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The training is being held at the covered court in Barangay Tulungatung, and those who are undergoing training are housed at the transitory site in the area.

Roxas said that Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar will lead the graduation rites of the IDPs that is scheduled to be held on Wednesday. It will coincide with the distribution of starter kits.

The starter kits will enable them to start a living, Roxas said. (Bong Garcia)

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