Maasim, Sultan Kudarat- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 through its Regional Director Raymundo Agravante showed its full support to the launching of Ronda Probinsya Alang sa Kalinaw program held at Pacman’s Beach Resort, this municipality, Sarangani Province on 07 August 2020.

The said program launching was initiated by the lone congressional office of Representative Rogelio D. Pacquiao. This is in response to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s call to end local communist and armed conflict through whole-of-nation-approach as mandated under the Executive Order (EO) number 70.

Also present during the said event were regional heads of Regional Task Force-End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) 12 who gave orientation on their agency’s respective programs and services.

The beneficiaries of the said program were 53 former rebels and peoples’ organizations within the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAS) who were given with cash assistance and tools and jigs for agriculture by the office of Congressman Pacquiao.

DOLE for its part will profile the beneficiaries for possible livelihood assistance under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).

“Our DOLE-Sarangani Field Office will be open to assist these surrenderees in order to bring them back to economic mainstream of our society. This is our commitment to end local communist and foster peaceful economic activities in the region,” said RD Agravante.

RTF-ELCAC is the regional counterpart of NTF-ELCAC and was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 70 or the institutionalized whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace by way of creating national task force and adopting peace framework in ending local armed conflict in the country. End/CDGamboa