Tago, Surigao del Sur – Forty (40) Former Rebels (FRs) receives early Christmas Gifts from the 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion in partnership with Linungao Tandag City Eagles Club and Tago Pacific Eagles Club in a gift giving activity dubbed as Pamaskong Handog para sa mga Former Rebels held at Headquarters 36IB Sitio Upper Mambago, Brgy Dayoan, Tago, Surigao del Sur early this morning, December 16, 2018.
The 36IB with the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club in Tandag City and Municipality of Tago join its effort to provide happiness to former rebels who are currently under the process of reintegrating to the mainstream society.
The forty (40) FRs compose mostly of males and some females was accompanied by their family and loved ones during the activity sings a Christmas song with their heart out as they thankfully shake hands of every Eagle member and personnel of 36IB.
Mainly compose from those who received cash assistance last November 10, 2018 under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), the FRs receives Gift Packs ready for Noche Buena.
Hon Rayvic Geli, Tandag City Councilor in this province and the Club President of Linungao Tandag City Eagles Club explains the background of the club and why it exists as the first fraternal socio civic organization, “the Eagles Club exist in a principle of brotherhood and for community service, we thank 36IB for facilitating this and making us their partner in helping the former rebels in ther new life”.
On his part, Engr. Amado Gurrea, the Club President of Tago Pacific Eagles Club, thank the 36IB and the Linungao Tandag City Eagles Club for giving their chapter the opportunity to be part of the humbling event which stretches its hand to those who committed mistakes which eventually returned to the folds of the law and transitioning to become productive members of the society.
The FRs enrolled under the Task Force Balik Loob E-CLIP will be sustained thru the individual Integration Plan which assesses and evaluates their essential needs and concerns serves as instrument to ensure a peaceful and productive life ahead.
In his statement, Lt Col Xerxes A Trinidad PA, Commanding Officer of the 36IB said, “the gift packs are minimal compared to what you all essentially need but what matters here is the heartfelt giving and commitment to support the FRs. When I was watching all of you shaking hands and receiving gift packs while singing deeply touched my heart. At that point, I have realized the essence of Christmas, we are the Peace that we wanted to achieve. “Tayo ang Kapayapaan” if we really endeavor to share peace to one
another especially this Christmas season”.
“It’s heartening and joyful to see families are together during Christmas especially for you, all FRs present today. You have seen the futility of the armed struggle and now cherishing the fruit of your decision to surrender and go back to the folds of the law. I urge all of you to be productive and never look back on the path of violence and continue to choose life in peace with your families. For those who are still in the mountains, we offer peace this Christmas and the E-CLIP for you to start a new life. Lay down your arms and finally join your family this Christmas”, Lt Col Trinidad added.