MAGUINDANAO - Twenty-five thousand jobs abroad are being offered by the Maguindanao provincial government for its residents as part of its 8-point development agenda for 2014.
The program, called "Light for Work," aims to alleviate poverty in the province, as well as prevent residents from succumbing to human trafficking and illegal recruiters.
Jobs abroad, mostly in the Middle East, are open to bonafide residents of the province, 18 years old and above.
Maguindanao Governor Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu said the project is also open to the children of the members of the MILF, the MNLF, and even the BIFF.
"Bukas naman ito para sa lahat, kasi kaya mayroong karahasan dahil sa kahirapan, bigyan mo ng marangal na trabaho at nang may makain tatlong beses sa isang araw, hindi na sila makakapag-isip na gumawa pa ng masama". Mangudadatu said.
The program is done in cooperation with the Philippine Army's 6th Infantry Division.
The program was launched Tuesday in the Army's 6th ID camp in Datu Odin Sinsuat Maguindanao.
A one-stop-shop where applicants can avail important documents was set up inside the camp.
"Ang Maguindanao ay hindi nawawala sa listahan ng mga pinakamahihirap na probinsya sa bansa, baka sa pagkakataong ito, hindi na," Mangudadatu said.