100 Zambo ‘bakwits’ to complete livelihood skills training

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 29 May) – A total of 100 internally displaced persons (IDPs) or “bakwits” in this city are set to complete a month-long livelihood skills training Wednesday next week.

The training is aimed to provide livelihood skills to individuals displaced by the siege in September of last year to enable them to recover and start a new life.

The siege broke out when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels loyal to Nur Misuari infiltrated this city.

Ma. Soccoro Rojas, head of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), said the skills training include plumbing, carpentry, food processing and/or wellness/cosmetology.

The training is being held at the covered court in Barangay Tulungatung.

Rojas said the conduct of the skills training is a joint undertaking of the city government through her office and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The “bakwits” that are undergoing the month-long training are presently housed at the Tulungatung transitory site, which houses 415 families comprising of 2,391 individuals.

Rojas said that Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar will lead the bakwits’ graduation rites that will coincide with the distribution of starter kits, which they can use to earn a living in a bid to rebuild their lives.

URL: http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2014/05/29/100-zambo-bakwits-to-complete-livelihood-skills-training/

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    MNLF Right of Reply

    I presume journalism companies like you understand the mechanics of the Right of Reply. As you repeat publishing the allegation that MNLF is involved in that chaos in Zamboanga City of September 2013, I will also have to do my function to post a canned MNLF Right of Reply in the same venue.

    Your sentence “The siege broke out when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels loyal to Nur Misuari infiltrated this city.” has made you an accuser instead of a reporter. The manner you write it is neither fair nor balanced. There is, however, a room for improvement in how you write it by saying, “The siege broke out when allegedly hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels loyal to Nur Misuari infiltrated this city.” You have to insert the word “allegedly” so that you will not be the accuser.

    MNLF Officially denies participation in that chaos in Zamboanga City of September 2013. Please be informed that MNLF Cmdr Habier Malik, MNLF Leader Nur Misuari, and all members of the Genuine MNLF are not participants in that chaos in Zamboanga City of September 2013. This denial is based on the result of MNLF’s internal affairs field investigation. If you have questions about specifics of the result of our investigation, please feel free to ask by replying under this comment.

    John R. Petalcorin
    Director for Communications, MNLF
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