Out of the 145 decommissioned Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) combatants last year, 133 decided to undergo different sets of skills training programs that were conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) said. Skills training is part of socio-economic track of the normalization process.
The said decommissioned MILF fighters finished their training last week.
The skills training include bread and pastry production, driving, carpentry, cookery, motorcycle/small engine repair, dressmaking/tailoring, automotive servicing, electrical installation and maintenance, and entrepreneurial skills training.
“With the assistance of the TESDA, DepEd and the Department of Social Work and Development and other government agencies, the decommissioned combatants are now accomplishing their respective trainings to prepare them towards transformation to unarmed civilians,” said government peace panel chair Prof. Miriam-Coronel Ferrer.
“Even though the proposed BBL was not passed by the 16th Congress, the gains achieved in the Bangsamoro peace process throughout the decades have been tremendous. There is solid basis for the people of the Bangsamoro to remain hopeful and continue looking forward toward a better, peaceful future,” she added.
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