SAGUIRAN, Lanao del Sur – Thirty-two (32) Former Rebels (FRs) in the municipality of Piagapo recieved food packs today morning July 27, 2020 at Piagapo Municipal Hall, Brgy Bubo, Piagapo, Lanao del Sur.
These former members of the Daesh-Inspired Terrorists group received 20-kilos of rice and assorted grocery items each from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP)
Mr. Abdul Hakim Limug represented the OPAPP on the said program and assured the surrenderees that the government thru their office, is doing everything to support their rehabilitation and reintegration to the mainstream society.
During the distribution of foodpacks, one surrenderee named @Asis (Not his true name) thanked the government for all the support being extended to them.
“Nagpapasalamat kami sa lahat ng tulong ng pamahalaan sa amin. Sa lahat ng sakripisyo ninyo, unti-unti na naming nababago at naitatama ang aming mga buhay” @Asis ended.
As part of the relentless efforts of the Local Government Unit of Piagapo and other agencies of the government in assisting the former violent extremists in their transformation and journey to peace and normalcy, sustainable livelihood programs are now being crafted.
The Municipal Agriculture Office of Piagapo, Office of the Provincial Agriculture, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority – LDS, and the 82nd Infantry Battalion are collaborating in crafting the Agri-Crop Production Program for the FRs in the said town.
Meanwhile, Hon. Ali L Sumandar, Vice Mayor of Piagapo expressed his gratitude to the members of the military who have always been a dependable partner of the municipality in peace and development.
He also urged the former rebels to continue embracing peace and continue to live up to the ideals of Islam. “Piagapo is a Peace-loving municipality. Your rehabilitation and reintegration to the mainstream society will prove that indeed we are peace-loving and that we denounce any forms of violence and terrorism in our society for it is unislamic” he added.
LTC RAFMAN S ALTRE INF (GSC) PA Commanding Officer of 82nd Infantry Battalion lauded the diligence and sacrifices of the municipality of Piagapo in welcoming the FRs and assisting them as they transition from being a Daesh-Inspired Terrorists to a normal and peace-loving muslims once again.
Also, LTC ALTRE vowed to support the initiatives of the LGU of Piagapo.
“I believe that we are on the right track. The 82nd Infantry Battalion strongly supports all the developmental programs of the Municipality of Piagapo especially in rehabilitating and reintegrating our FR brothers who decided to embrace peace.” He ended.