Cordillera This Week: 30 September 2007

Gov’t implements peace accord

BAGUIO CITY (Sept. 28) — In the Cordillera region, government is looking forward to the full implementation of the peace accord with the Cordillera Peoples’ Liberation Army (CPLA) signed on September 13, 1986 in Mt. Data, Mt. Province as part of the implementation of the national government’s goal to end all hostilities by 2010.

Under the CPLA integration program, pursuant to Administrative Order 18, 264 CPLA members, 15 officers and 249 enlisted personnel (EP) were fully integrated into the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) while six CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) companies consisting of 528 members are currently deployed in the Cordillera provinces.

An AFP/CPLA JACIB December 12, 2006 joint declaration said 408 CPLA members composed of five officers and 43 EPs will be integrated into the regular forces of the AFP and 360 others to CAFGU CAA. # PIA-CAR

Fongwan pushes crop prod’n program

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (Sept. 28) — Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan claimed that profiling of vegetable production not only in Benguet but in other provinces in the Cordillera would be an avenue to substantially provide the needed supply and demand of vegetables in the country.

He explained under the crop production programming, data of vegetables being planted in one area would be collected and profiled to be able to identify what crop should be planted. This would also encourage sharing scheme among the local government units in Benguet. # PIA-CAR

Tuba establishes alternate learning program

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (Sept. 28) — The Sangguniang Bayan of Tuba passed a resolution establishing an alternative learning program for the youth due to the large number of out-of-school youth.

The program aims to develop the out-of-school youth’s knowledge and skills through non-formal education, asses their progress and to make productive through knowledge gained in order to have a good future. # S.C. Aro/PIA

Ifugao youth group ventures in bread-making

ASIPULO,Ifugao (Sept. 28) — The Panubtuban Young Movers Catholic Association (PYMCA) here ventured into a bread-making venture using the P92,000 financial aid from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Panubtuban is one of the top five densely populated barangay of this town with 886 population or 150 households. Although accessible by any means of transportation and electrified, the major source of living of the people is farming. Many who are in the working age bracket go to nearby provinces or other countries to look for greener pastures. # Dan B. Codamon/PIA Ifugao

Inmates, former rebels to take PEPT

TABUK CITY, Kalinga (Sept. 28) — Twenty seven inmates and 20 former Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) rebels are qualified to take the forthcoming Philippine Education Placement Test and Accreditation and Equivalency Test on February 2008.

According to OIC Alternative Learning System (ALS) Supervisor Lorenza Fannot, inmates while serving their sentences and others being tried in court, were tapped to undergo classes on Basic Literacy program (BLP) and Functional Education and Literacy program (FELP) and at the same time were introduced to livelihood projects to earn money.

The other 20 are former rebels belonging to the CPLA, now living with their families in a resettlement site in Ileb, Nambaran, here. # P. Balocnit/PIA Kalinga

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