Saturday, August 21, 2021

168 Displaced IPs Receive Free Housing Units and More

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City
– Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) Commander LtGen. Greg T. Almerol along with OPAPP Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib, Congressman Pantaleon Alvarez, Talaingod Mayor Jonie Libayao, Task Force Balik-Loob (TFBL) Chairperson Reynaldo Mapagu and other government officials attended ceremonial turn-over of one hundred sixty-eight (168) housing units to internally displaced members of indigenous tribes in the town of Talaingod, Davao del Norte. These housing units are provided by the National Housing Authority (NHA) through its General Manager Marcelino Escalada costing P200,000 each.

In ceremonies held on last Aug 16 and 20 respectively, sixty (68) units were awarded to beneficiaries from Sito Tibucag, Barangay Dagohoy and another one hundred (100) housing units went to IP beneficiaries of Sitio Mesolong, Barangay Sto. Niño both in the town of Talaingod. Aside from the newly-constructed houses, the beneficiaries also received food packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development and solar radio transistors from Davao del Norte LGU while the remaining displaced families can expect their future homes as more housing units are being built by NHA in New Corella, Davao del Norte. Earlier, other government-sponsored housing units have been given to the IPs families located at Sitio Nasilaban, Sitio Gatong, and Sitio Cuyas of the same municipality.

This is the national government support to relocate IP communities to their rightful place who were previously affected by the armed conflict when Communist Terrorist Group’s (CTG) “Taktikang Bakwit”, lured IP members to leave their communities and exploited them as participants during rallies and propaganda activities against the government in urban areas.

TFBL Chairperson Mapagu, in his statement, also called on beneficiaries to take care of the houses given them as a symbol of a united family, adding that the CTG has been destroying families by taking away each family member to form part of the CTG affiliated organization.

Datu Dante Sibugan, one of the beneficiaries, expressed his gratitude to the government especially to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the NHA, DND, and OPAPP for giving them decent shelters. He also extended his request for the government to provide more housing units for other IP members who are bound to settle back to their communities.

Meanwhile, EastMinCom through the inspired leadership of LtGen. Almerol is honored and will always be a reliable partner in community building and the greater nation-building in implementing the national comprehensive development programs for the people of Eastern Mindanao. Putting “roofs in their heads” is one impact project that will give decency to the lives of these indigenous peoples that redound to their security, safety, and well-being.

“We hope that through this program, the IPs’ trust in our government will be solidified and further sustained. The collaboration of the leaders of various government agencies, under the leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, is a concrete manifestation that the government is sincere in supporting the indigenous people in improving their standard of living,” LtGen. Almerol said.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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