The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) turns over a newly constructed halfway house to the Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur, yesterday, September 15, 2020.
DILG Provincial Director Pedrito Alacaba spearheaded the turn over of the facility to Surigao del Sur Governor Alexander T. Pimentel in a simple ceremony at Barangay Dayoan, in Tago town.
In his acceptance message, Governor Pimentel thanked the national government through the DILG for providing funds for the construction of the halfway house that will benefit former rebels in the province.
The DILG provided P5 million pesos for the construction of the building while the Local Government Unit provided the lot.
Pimentel added that with the active support of all the members of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC), he is optimistic that the insurgency problem in his province will end within the President’s term.
Meanwhile, Maj Gen Andres C Centino, Commander of the 4th Infantry Division/JTF Diamond, underscored the role of the LGU in operationalizing the halfway house.
“We are looking forward for the operationalization of this facility. It will greatly help the deradicalization and rehabilitization of our FRs prior to their integration to the mainstream society,” Centino said.
“The halfway house will serve as a processing center for surfacing rebels. They will temporary stay in this facility while their benefits under the Enhanced Comprensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) are being processed,” He added.
Centino also reiterated his call to the remaining CPP-NPA members to return to the folds of the law and avail of the government programs under the E-CLIP so they will have a productive life with their families.
Also attending the activity were Brig Gen Allan Hambala, Commander of 401st Infantry Brigade; Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Director P/Col James Gofort; and representatives of RTF-ELCAC member agencies and former rebels.