By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The government is serious on helping the youth to build confidence and gain skills necessary to land job opportunities, the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) of Bongabon conducted livelihood training for the youth organizations in Barangay Pesa, Antipolo and Labi, Bongabon in the province of Nueva Ecija on March 19, 2021.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Reandrew P. Rubio, commanding officer of the Army’s 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion (91IB), troops of his unit took part in the activity by providing security and manpower assistance.
“We will continue to reach out to communities and assist in the introduction of various livelihood programs to alleviate the living condition of our constituents. As your Philippine Army this is our way of being your active partner for peace and development,” Lt. Col. Rubio said.
Present during the activity was Lt. Col. Felix Emeterio Valdez, commanding officer of the 7th Civil-Military Operations (7CMO) Battalion of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division. Lt. Col. Valdez attended the closing ceremony of the Karenderia Livelihood Training.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers Association (LPGMA) Partylist Representative Loreto B. Santo served as the Keynote Speaker of the ceremony held at Bongabon National High School, Bongabon, Nueva Ecija.
Among the stakeholders who attended the activity were representatives from the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Bongabon; Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG); Public Employment Service Office (PESO); Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); PNP Bongabon and Municipal Councilor Gregoria Pesa. (AI/MTVN)