R.E.A.L. Program for rebel returnees officially launched

TAGUM CITY – As part of its mission to help eradicate the stigma among rebel returnees, the City Government of Tagum officially launched its special program dubbed as Reintegration to Society, Employment Facilitation to both Public and Private Establishments, Access to Education, Skills Training and Scholarships, Livelihood through Microfinancing and Bottom-up Budgeting, or simply known as R.E.A.L. Program.

The REAL Program aims to provide a holistic aftercare program for rebel returnees by giving them various opportunities in employment, livelihood, and education, as a means to reintegrate themselves back to the society.

Under the said program, 40 beneficiaries have availed a 15-day emergency work scheme through the Tabang Panginabuhian Alang sa Tagumenyos (TAPAT) Program and were given seedlings and starter tools to cultivate their gulayan area as part of the Enhanced Gulayan Program of the City Agriculture Office (CAGRO). They will be earning daily wages during this span of short-term employment.

Furthermore, various livelihood trainings will be participated by the beneficiaries such as Rag Making Training, Kutsinta Making Training, Dishwashing Liquid Making Training, and Small Engine Skills Training to give them more opportunities to earn additional income.

No less than Mayor Allan L. Rellon together with Vice Mayor Eva Lorraine Estabillo led the official launching of the REAL Program last April 24 at the Freedom Residences Gym in Barangay Cuambogan, Tagum City.

This initiative is a step towards ending armed conflict among these people which is in line with the City Government’s agenda on Genuine Peace, Safety, and Security under the EAGLE WINGS Developmental Thrust of Mayor Allan L. Rellon. Drex Rafols/CIO Tagum

Beneficiaries of the REAL Program undergo Rag Making Training last April 26 at the Freedom Residences Gym. Kareen Gomez/CIO Tagum