STARTER KITS. Twenty-two former rebels in Davao Occidental receive the “Pangkabuhayan” business kits for sari-sari store from the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday (July 19, 2022). The group got PHP150,000 worth of groceries during the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Week Celebration in the province. (Photo courtesy of 10ID)

DAVAO CITY – Twenty-two former rebels in Davao Occidental received the “Pangkabuhayan” business kits for sari-sari store from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), a military official said Wednesday.

Capt. Mark Anthony Tito, spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Division (10ID), said the surrenderers got a total of PHP150,000 worth of groceries during the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Week Celebration in Malita, Davao Occidental on Tuesday.

“This is also the effort of the Davao Occidental government, which recognized them as an organization. They are members of DOFRA (Davao Occidental Friend Rescued Association) people's organization,” Tito said in an interview.

He said the business kit, a DTI program that offers business development assistance to former rebels, is part of the department's “Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa” initiative.

Maj. Gen. Nolasco Mempin, the 10ID commander, described the livelihood kits as “a good start for our former rebels in going back to the mainstream society.”

“We encouraged them to continue to work hard for the betterment of their life and their families,” he said. (PNA)