2 Davao prov­inces to col­lab­o­rate against in­sur­gency

Business World - - THE NATION - Carmelito Q. Fran­cisco

THE NEIGH­BOR­ING prov­inces of Com­postela Val­ley and Davao Ori­en­tal have agreed to join forces against in­sur­gency through non­vi­o­lent ini­tia­tives such as im­ple­ment­ing pro­grams for rebel re­turnees. Com­postela Val­ley Gov­er­nor Jayvee Ty­ron L. Uy, in a state­ment, said he re­cently held dis­cus­sions with of­fi­cials of Davao Ori­en­tal, which has been rec­og­nized by the mil­i­tary for its ef­forts in im­ple­ment­ing peace projects, par­tic­u­larly the set­ting up of a halfway-house for for­mer mem­bers of the com­mu­nist New Peo­ple’s Army. The halfway-house called Happy Home, im­ple­mented through the Com­pre­hen­sive Lo­cal In­te­gra­tion Pro­gram (CLIP), pro­vides re­turnees with mech­a­nisms on as­sim­i­lat­ing back to the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing liveli­hood op­tions. “If these pro­grams have worked in Davao Ori­en­tal, then it should work in Com­postela Val­ley,” Mr. Uy said. Col. Er­win Bernard L. Neri, com­man­der of the Army’s 1001st Bri­gade based in Maco, Com­postela Val­ley, wel­comed the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two prov­inces say­ing such pro­grams will also help the sol­diers in their peace and de­vel­op­ment cam­paign. “Many rebels have al­ready ex­pressed their in­ter­est to sur­ren­der. So it is cru­cial to pro­vide a fa­cil­ity where we would be able to house them,” said Mr. Neri. —

A DEL­E­GA­TION from Com­postela Val­ley headed by Gov­er­nor Jayvee Ty­ron L. Uy takes a tour of Happy Home, a halfway house for rebel re­turnees im­ple­mented by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of Davao Ori­en­tal.

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