The 6th Infantry Division together with the provincial government of Maguindanao launched the overseas employment program, dubbed as “Light for Work.” The program aims to alleviate the dire living conditions ofeconomically and socially deprived constituents of Maguindanao believing that this will soon turn them into responsible, hardworking, and productive citizens ready to embrace progress.
On February 18, 2014, Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu led the launching of the “Light for Work” with the ceremonial switching of the solar street lights inside the camp. It will benefit the soldiers, civilian sectors, and partner stakeholders as well.
Governor Mangudadatu was rendered with military honors by the 6ID troops as a gesture of gratitude for his generosity to the division. Maguindanao Police Director PSSupt Rodelio B. Jocson and Maguindanao Local Chief Executives were also in attendance to give their full support .
The program is a joint response of the local government units and 6ID to address the unemployment and poverty problems which is also a part of the 8-point development agenda of the province.
It aims not only to provide local job to 25,000 residents but also to open opportunities in the Middle East. This will also curb illegal recruitment and human trafficking that are prevalent in the province.
In support to the peace process, 6ID Commander Maj General Romeo L. Gapuz also welcomed the families of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and even the Bangasamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) who are willing to work abroad.
He assured everyone that 6ID will not allow any spoilers of the peace process as he showed sincerity by offering Camp Siongco to be the venue of the one-stop shop in the recruitment process. Interested applicants can process their documents in the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), National Statistics Office (NSO), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) which are made accessible inside the camp. PSSupt Jocson also vowed to offer free Police Clearance .
As part of their contribution in the recruitment process and as a fulfillment to their commitment to the partnership program, the Local Chief Executives of the 36 towns of Maguindanao are the ones responsible for the pre-processing of the qualified aspirants
The Maguindanao government has entered into agreement with the Global Asia Alliance Consultant, Inc., a manpower agency sending OFWs to the Middle East. They are present to personally facilitate the job application forms.