“Right now, we are very grateful because it was so different back then. We could walk or ride motorcycles but it was still tremendously difficult to travel. But now, [the roads are] smooth and even large vehicles can pass through it. The government itself became the way for us to learn about the things that would be of help to us and our community.”

This is 35-year-old Anle Maestro, a decade-long resident of barangay Manurigao, New Bataan. She makes a living through selling ginger, abaca, and other homegrown vegetables as this is the primary source of income for the people in Manurigao, a place that is known as the farthest barangay in the province of Davao de Oro.

The roads to Manurigao are very difficult to traverse. It is miles away from the town center and only motorcycles or those who traveled by foot could pass through its terribly rough roads. But with the incremental development that the government did for the area, it slowly became possible for large vehicles to get to Manurigao to bring government services to its residents. One of these services is the free scholarship program from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority(TESDA).

On May 14, 2021, Anle was one of the beneficiaries in Manurigao who graduated from the TESDA scholarship program’s Processing of Food by Salting, Curing, and Smoking leading to Food Processing NC II course.

We are privileged to have been able to provide hope and new livelihood opportunities for Anle and the other residents of Manurigao through PLGU-Davao de Oro’s programs under the leadership of Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy in partnership with TESDA and MLGU New Bataan.

According to Anle, the program had helped her to broaden her knowledge on how to start a new living. Once she gets the materials that she needs, she will start her new business. She also hopes to get another chance to enroll in another NC II course so that she can learn even more about food processing.

We are with you, Anle and all the residents of Manurigao.

Through Bayanihan, we will not stop working until we attain the peace that we desire for Davao de Oro.

“Sa akong pag-surrender, gi-ampingan ko sa 25IB (25th Infantry Battalion) ug nausab gyud ang akong kinabuhi. Maayo ang gobyerno. Lahi ra kaayo sa gina-propaganda sa mga NPA kanamo. Gipugngan [sa mga NPA] ang mga programa sa gobyerno alang sa katawhan aron ingnon nga sila lang ang maayo. Apan sila ang nahimong hinungdan nganong ang mga kabus nagpabilin ug nahimo pang mas makaluluoy.

Mao nga nagpasalamat ko sa gobyerno ug sa mga tawo nga mitabang nako sa akong pagsurrender kay nakita na nako ang kamatuoran. Puro bakak ang gisulti sa mga NPA.”

Kini ang sentimyento ni Sid, usa sa mga benepisyaryo sa Oplan Pagbabago Program sa PLGU Davao de Oro nga napa-ilawom sa National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) samtang iyang gidawat ang financial assistance nga gi-distribute sa gobyerno sa mga kanhi rebelde nga mingbalik sa sabakan sa gobyerno.

Kaniadtong April 28, 2021, 44 ka kanhi rebelde gikan sa lain-laing mga munisipyo sa Davao de Oro ang naka benepisyo sa giapod-apod nga financial assistance pinaagi sa Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Pinaagi sa maong programa, nakita nila ang tabang ug pag-amping nga ginahatag sa gobyerno alang kanila taliwala sa ilang kaagi isip mga rebelde.

Ilawom sa pagpangulo ni Gov. Jayvee Tyron L. Uy, mapa rebelde man o na-impluwensyahan sa droga, wala gayu’y kinabuhi nga layo sa katubsanan. Samtang aduna’y kinabuhi, aduna’y paglaum.

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