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DOLE allots P100M for ex-MILF fighters’ livelihood

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has earmarked an initial P100-million emergency employment fund to former combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for their speedy transformation into productive members of the society.

This after DOLE has signed an agreement with Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) extending the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Program (DILEEP), aimed to assist the socio-economic development and confidence-building of estimated 7,000 decommissioned MILF combatants.

“This partnership is focused on assisting former rebels to transition into civilian lives, and facilitate their transformation and the six MILF camps into peaceful and productive communities through employment facilitation, and sustainable livelihood assistance,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.

Under the agreement signed by Bello and Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr., DOLE will assist on the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) Normalization Program through the provision of emergency employment under its TUPAD program.

Also, DOLE will provide employment facilitation programs and services to the former rebels under the Government Internship Program and Special Program for Employment of Students.

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