SOME 37 former rebel supporters have undergone abaca training to assist them in returning to the folds of law.
The 8th Special Forces Company, 3rd Special Forces Battalion (3SFBn), in coordination with the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority in Agusan del Sur, held a two-day abaca livelihood training to 37 former supporters of the New People's Army (NPA).
First Lieutenant Krisjuper Punsalan, 3SFBN civil-military officer, said the former NPA sympathizers are now members of Peace Prosperidad Farmers' Association after surrendering to authorities.
From December 15, 2017 to January 18, 2018, about 60 NPA rebels and mass supporters surrendered to the 3SFBn in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur through its Community Support Program.
"A total of 37 farmers out of more or less 60 ex-NPA and mass supporters availed the program while others were reintegrated in mainstream society and presently living their lives in peaceful and normal situation as stated in the provisions of Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-Clip) offered by the government," Punsalan said.
Punsalan urged other rebels to surrender and avail themselves of the E-Clip program, which provides skills training, basic services, benefits and support to the former rebels.