Tuesday, October 27, 2020

PSWD conducts assessment and profiling of former rebels in AgSur

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur - On October 26, 2020, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) of Agusan del Sur conducts an assessment and profiling of the six (6) latest surrenderees of the 26th Infantry Battalion at PSWD office, Brgy Patin-ay, Prosperidad Agusan del Sur, as part of its enrollment to Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP).

The activity aims to prepare the Former Rebels (FRs) before receiving the different programs from the government to help them become productive individuals and live a normal life together with their families far from the violent nature brought about by the Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) movement.

This also determines what intervention the government may provide for the FRs that will suit their interest, environment, and determination on starting a new life in the community. After the activity, the FRs received in-kind relief as initial assistance from the PSWD.

"Dako kaayo amung pasalamat sa hinabang nga gihatag sa amua sa gobyerno. Tabang nga wala namu natagamtaman sa dihang nanginahanglan me ug tabang sa sulod sa teroristang kalihukan," alias "Jenar" said, one of the FRs.

(We are very much thankful for the aid that the government had given to us. Aid that we never had during our miserable days inside the terrorist NPA movement.)

In a statement, Lt. Col. Reynald Romel A. Goce, 26IB commanding officer said, "This is only the start of the new chapter of your lives. Your reintegration program will mold you to be a person with dignity as you ascend and traverse from the dark chapter of your lives brought about by the NPA movement."

"The government will help you along the way, as well as the Philippine Army. Thank you for your cooperation in choosing peace for your community. And that, you have given yourself a chance to live peacefully and those everyone around you,” Lt. Col. Goce added.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 26th Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force, Diamond, PA

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