Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Davao de Oro launches new Halfway House, De-Radicalization Program for FRs

MACO, Davao de Oro - A new Halfway House for the Former Rebels (FRs) in Davao de Oro was launched by the Provincial Local Government Unit and 1001st Infantry Brigade on September 7, 2020, at Brgy. Mapaang, Maco, Davao De Oro.

Spearheaded by Col. Luis Rex D. Bergante, Commander of the 1001st Infantry Brigade and Mr. Noel C. Duarte, DILG Provincial Director of Davao de Oro, the new facility called "Balai Pag-Asa" will serve as a temporary home for the former rebels while undergoing healing and reconciliation processes.

The event also served as the Opening Ceremony of the 10-day De-Radicalization Program for the 1st batch FRs composed of 13 individuals.

It aims to change the extreme and violent ideologies and doctrines acquired by the rebel returnees and prepare them as they go back to mainstream society.

Mr. Duarte who served as the keynote speaker, praised the former rebels for their courage of going back to the folds of the law and assured them of government assistance to help them become productive citizens.

Meanwhile, Col. Bergante thanked the Provincial Government of Davao de Oro led by Gov. Jayvee Tyron L. Uy for fully supporting the program.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 1001st Infantry Brigade, Joint Task Force Agila, PA

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