IMPASUGONG, BUKIDNON. May 20 – Skilled former rebels are presently employed in the construction of the PhP 5 Million worth Halfway House in Impasugong Magbuliga Development Complex, Barangay Poblacion, Impasugong, Bukidnon.

The said facility is intended to treat the “virus” brought about by the Communist NPA Terrorists’ propaganda and shall serve as temporary shelter for former rebels as they are being treated, transformed, and prepared for reintegration in the mainstream society.

The employed former rebels completed their Masonry and Carpentry Skills Training provided by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) last 2019 as part of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). Now, they are able to apply what they learned during the training and earn salary to support the daily needs of their families.

Aka Lakap, former rebel said, “Ako nalipay nga gipatarbaho sa Balay Pagbag-o nga alang kanamo. Karon, masuportahan nako ang akong pamilya. (I am glad that I am employed in the halfway house which is intended for us. Now, I can support my family.)

Lt Col Edgardo V Talaroc Jr, Commanding Officer of 8th Infantry Battalion said, “Kini nga yunit magpadayon sa paghatag og interbensyon sa mga kanhing rebelde. Sa mga nahabilin nga mga NPA, buhie ang inyong armas ug sinatia ang serbisyo nga gitanyag sa gobyerno.” (This unit will continue to provide interventions to the former rebels. To the remaining members of the NPA, lay down your arms and experience the services offered by the government)

It can be recalled that a groundbreaking ceremony was held last May 14, 2020. The thirteen by twenty-eight (13X28) square meter building is expected to be built within seven (7) months.