Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao- True to its commitment entered through the Memorandum of Agreement between the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 released the TUPAD wages of 4, 859 beneficiaries amounting to Php 29,154,000.00 from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao on 26-27 December  2019 and 2-3 January 2020 at OPAPP Headquarters, Datu Odin Sinsuat, this province.

The first batch of release intended to 2,365 decommissioned Moro Islamic Liberation Front combatants from the Camps of Omar (Datu Hofer) and Bader (Guindulungan) in Maguindanao while the second batch with 2,494 beneficiaries  from Camps of Abubakar (Barira), Darapanan (Sultan Kudarat) in Maguindanao and Rajahmuda in Pikit, Cotabato.

The beneficiaries worked mostly in farming activities in their respective camps for 30 days with Php300.00 salary per day.

“Nagtanim po kami ng monggo sa aming kampo at malaking tulong po ang sweldo namin para sa allowance ng aming estudyante,” said Abdulwahid, one of the beneficiaries.

(We planted monggo beans in our camp and our salary is a great help for the allowance of our students)

“We are greatly honored to be part of this program, extending our efforts to help our decommissioned combatants in BARMM. This is our respond in helping them return normally and productively in mainstream society,” said Regional Director Sisinio Cano.

The MOA signed by DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III and OPAPP Secretary Carlito Galvez of Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity Office in October 2019 purposely forged an inter-agency agreement defining the mutual and agency-specific roles and responsibilities of the two agencies.

The said emergency employment is a joint collaboration and partnership of DOLE and OPAPP in the implementation of the socio-economic development, sustainable livelihood, and confidence building in the Bangsamoro. It is anchored on the Annex on Normalization on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro which is also stipulated in the Executive Order No. 79, series of 2019, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. End/CDGamboa