Mt. Province PLGU sustains livelihood program for rebel returnees

BONTOC, Mountain Province, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- The provincial local government unit here continues to sustain its Provincial Livelihood Program of Rebel Returnees which is intended to help former rebels regain normal lives in the community.

 

Now on its eighth year of implementation, some 28 rebel returnees, 10 of them female, are just waiting for the signing of the memorandum of agreement for the renewal of their contracts.

Based on the data of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), this program first implemented in 2011 was able to benefit some 42 rebel returnees in the province.

Renewable every year, the provincial government through PSWDO conducts year-end evaluation on the performance of the beneficiaries. During the evaluation, aside from the RR beneficiaries themselves, the punong barangays where they reside also report on the performance of the beneficiaries.

Under the rebel returnee livelihood program, the RRs together with their respective barangay chairmen sign a memorandum of agreement with the provincial government represented by the Provincial Governor. In the MOA, barangay chairmen are tasked to supervise and sign the daily time records of the RRs in their respective barangays.

Under this program, qualified RR receives a monthly allowance of P5,000 in exchange of community service they render in their barangay. They are required to work from Mondays to Fridays except holidays.

Community services include cleaning of pathways and roads, irrigation maintenance, tree planting, assisting in the day care centers and health stations, helping in the repair of school buildings and performing other tasks assigned to them by their barangay leaders.

Once admitted in the program, they are prohibited from making contacts with their former comrades. Juliet B. Saley (JDP/JBS-PIA CAR, Mt. Province)

 

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Alab Petroglyph

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Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.