More than 22k TESDA training certificates awarded to former rebels
03 September 2021
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 “ABOT LAHAT.” To ensure that former rebels receive appropriate skills training, TESDA conducts needs assessment at the grassroots level through the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster of the NTF-ELCAC. In this photo, former rebels and their dependents attend skills training by TESDA in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte on 17 August 2021. (Photo from 29th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army) 

     Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has awarded 22,752 certificates to former rebels (FRs) for completing various skills and livelihood training from 2017 to July 2021, according to Dir. Rolando V. Bade of the Office of the Director General for Communities and Local Government Unit Services. 

     Under the Enhanced Cooperation Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), eligible FRs and former violent extremists receive various assistance to help them reintegrate and become productive members of the society. 

“With E-CLIP, we present to the victims of this radical and violent ideology a different story -- a government that cares, serves the people, and gives second chances even to the rebels,” Dir. Bade said, adding that he is hopeful that the progress achieved through E-CLIP will continue to be sustained.