Bangsamoro government Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim welcomed Monday, September 28, the 64 former combatants of the lawless Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) for participating in the more than one-month skills training.
“Ako po ay lubos na nagagalak na makita ang ating mga kasamahan na nakiisa sa inisyatibong ito. Alam ko na hindi magiging madali lahat,” Ebrahim said during the kick-off ceremony of the 39-day skills training on carpentry, masonry and plumbing held at the Farasan Institute of Technology, Inc. in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.
“Karamihan sa atin mula sa ground ay patuloy pa ring pinag-aaralan ang buhay sibilyan, ang buhay na malayo sa karahasan at ang buhay na magbibigay pagkakataon sa atin upang makauwi at makapiling muli ang ating kanya-kanyang pamilya,” he added.
Ebrahim was represented by Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) spokesperson and Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG) Minister Naguib Sinarimbo.
Sinarimbo said the training will help transform the former combatants into productive citizens of the Bangsamoro.
Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE) Minister Mohagher Iqbal said that through Technical Vocational Education and Education (TVET) Program, “the ministry shall provide more opportunities to our Bangsamoro learners to reach their aspirations.”
The training is also part of the MILG’s Project TUGON or the “Tulong ng Gobyernong Nagmamalasakit” which provides humanitarian intervention to former combatants to help them transition to civilian life.
After completing the training, MBHTE and MILG will endorse the beneficiaries to be among the skilled workers of the Ministry of Public Works.