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Maco, Davao de Oro- 19 Former Rebels who are rescued, had finished the De-radicalization Program, and Healing and Reconciliation process on August 13, 2021 in Molave Hotel, Tagum City.

The Derad process was started on July 26, 2021 at Balai Pag-Asa, Headquarters 1001st Infantry Brigade, Maco, Davao de Oro with 19 FR participants. After the 10 days of de-radicalization, the FRs had an educational tour to a Free Range Chicken farm at Barangay Manat, Nabunturan, Davao de Oro.

On August 9, 2021 the said FRs were transferred to Molave Hotel, Tagum City for the Healing and Reconciliation spearheaded by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of Davao de Oro and underwent the process for 5 days.

In his testimony during the closing ceremony Alyas Marmar, one of the participants narrated his experiences while undergoing the process. He further expressed his gratitude to the programs extended to them by the government. “Sa pagpaminaw nako sa mga pagtulun-an, mura kog naibtan ug tunok sa tiil. Ang doktrina sa NPA murag tunok sa akong tiil, ug karon naibot na gyud. Sayop gyud diay ang ilang gitudlo,” @Marmar said.

Meanwhile Alyas Virgo also expressed his gratitude to the government for designing an enlightenment program against the doctrine of the NPAs. He further narrated his life experience that enticed him to join the CTGs. “Sa karon, lahi na gyud kaayo, buotan na kaayo ang gobyerno ug mga kasundalohan. Hangyo nako sa gobyerno ug mga kasundalohan nga kaning mga programa ug aktibidadis karon, inyo ning padayunon aron wala nay rason ang katawhan nga makigbatok sa gobyerno. Busa kita nga mga FRs, kung unsa man atong mga nakat-unan diri, ato nang dalhon ug sundon nato ang gobyerno kay walay laing tumong ang gobyerno kun dili ang kaayuhan sa iyang katawhan. Bisan si kinsa man ang mopaduol nato, bahalag hinganlan tag bungol, atong ipadayon ang atong gisaad sa gobyerno.”

De-radicalization and Healing and Reconciliation programs were part of the processes of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) designed to prepare the FRs for their re-integration to mainstream society.

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