FLORA, Apayao – Provincial Department of Social Welfare and Development (PSWDO), in partnership with Municipal Department of Social Welfare and Development (MSWDO) of Flora, conducted the 31st National Filipino Family Week on November 15, 2023 at Upper Atok, Flora Apayao with aid distribution to families of former rebels.
Some 25 former rebels received family food packs, including rice and umbrellas, in addition, 35 indigenous people (IP’s) and children of former rebels received school supplies and personal hygiene kits with the group of 1st Cavalry Company, Armor Division of the Philippine Army (PA) providing 8 sacks of rice @25 kilos.
During the activity, a Family Thanksgiving Service was done along with discussions on stress management.
The PSWDO and the PA also organized fun games while informing the beneficiaries of the realities of terrorism and communism and the ill effects they have on the lives of the people.
PSWDO social worker officer Olibeth B. Vidad informed the returnees about various programs and services available to them, including the Apayao Student Aid Program (ASAP) scholarship facing financial hardships.
The former rebels and their families expressed their gratitude to the provincial government and to Governor Elias C. Bulut Jr. who has been the mover to end insurgencies and communistic activities in the area while helping the people to have living conditions.
By M. Acantilado