SIATON, Negros Oriental, Nov. 6 (PIA) -- The Negros Oriental Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NOTF ELCAC) is set to construct a halfway house worth P5 million for former rebels in the province.
The province was picked as one of the pilot provinces in the region for the construction of a halfway house as it remains to be affected by communist groups among the four provinces in Central Visayas.
In a Dagyawan sa Barangay forum held in the municipality of Siaton, Regional Director Leocadio Trovela of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-7) together with Gov. Roel Degamo, Provincial Director PCol. Julian Entoma of Negros Oriental Provinial Police Office (NOPPO), and Brigade Commander Col. Noel Baluyan of 302nd IB Philippine Army took turns in signing their commitment of support in the construction of a shelter conducive for the reintegration of former rebels into mainstream society.
This is to complement the efforts of the national government to build halfway houses that serve as transitional shelters where former rebels can undergo psychosocial interventions and stress debriefing while their Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) benefits are being processed.
Both the regional and provincial officials adhere to their commitment to provide efficient mechanism and structure for the implementation of the 'Whole-of-Nation Approach' to aid in the realization of the collective aspiration of the Filipino people to attain inclusive and sustainable peace.
"This is to recognize the importance of establishing stable and structured institution that would encourage former rebels to focus on relearning the necessary skills to reintegrate into society and better support themselves and their families," said Trovela.
The move also acknowledges the essence of sustainable peace and development when individuals can live a full life and productively participate as citizens of the community, added Trovela. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental)