25 former NPA rebels in Davao “de-radicalized”

DAVAO CITY: Twenty-five former members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) have successfully completed a 3-month period of deradicalization and capacity building.

Davao del Sur Balik-Loob Task Force Tupad Pangako program activities took place at the Mindanao Baptist Rural Life Center in Barangay Kinuskusan, Bansalan, Davao del Sur after their graduation over the weekend.

The inter-agency program, now in its third implementation since 2021, aims to deconstruct the “hate” harbored against former rebels, redeem their dignity and reorient them on home economics and family values ​​as part of the general objective of reintegrating them with their respective communities.

The three-month planned activities of the ex-rebels include a psychosocial intervention; interpersonal skills and spiritual enlightenment; vocational and livelihood skills development which includes organic farming, home economics and industrial skills; and Alternative Literacy Program.

Beneficiaries were also registered in the civil registry and received legal papers, including birth certificates.

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Each of them also received starter kits worth 20,000 pesos from the provincial agriculture office.

The closing ceremony took place in the presence of different converging agencies and institutions of the program, including local officials, agents of the Ministry of Interior and local communities, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Development, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. , Philippine Crop Insurance Corp., Public Employment Service Office and village officials.

Also present at the event were officers from the 39th Infantry Battalion, 10th Infantry Division and local police.

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