ILOILO CITY, Feb. 24 (PIA) - The Philippine Army is in full support to the government's thrust of reintegrating to the mainstream of society the former rebels.
In the recent launching of the "Akap Kapatid" program, initiated by the Police Regional Office 6 in partnership with the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in Western Visayas, the Philippine Army here has given its all out support.
Brigadier General Marion R, Sison, the 301st Infantry (Bayanihan) Brigade Commander, said that the Akap Kapatid program helps the reintegration of the former rebels and mass supporters in the mainstream society.
"This program is a perfect venue for all the participants to learn something new, know themselves better, and discover more about their government and their significant role in nation-building as they go back to the folds of the law," Sison said.
The program dubbed "Akap Kapatid" was rolled out by PNP-PRO6 for 82 surrenderers from Tapaz, Capiz and Calinog, Iloilo from February 15 to 21, 2021.
It included lectures and medical-dental and other services (serbisyo caravan) from other government agencies that focused on human welfare and social well-being in line with the government program to end local communist armed conflict (ELCAC) through the whole-of-nation approach.
The program is one of the police community relations activities of the PNP in support to ELCAC and is a brainchild of PRO6 Regional Director Brigadier General Rolando Miranda.
The Akap Kapatid Program is a uniquely designed intervention program that employs collaborative response among the members of the RTF-ELCAC.
Meanwhile, Directorate for Police Community Relations head Police Major General Rhodel O. Sermonia, during the serbisyo caravan held February 20, said the PNP is working with other government agencies including the Philippine Army in pursuing the program.
He noted that the Akap Kapatid Progam will be replicated in other parts of the country. (PIA6/With report and photos from 3ID-DPAO/PA)