Gov't integration program means homes, lands too
Tagbilaran City (27 June) -- Honest-to-goodness embracing of brother Filipinos who may have strayed but have gone back to the folds of the law is not enough.
In barangay Remedios, Danao town, the government has eloquently said what accepting prodigals means: giving them decent homes, land to till and putting them in a community of civilians to facilitate a faster assimilation and harmony with their host community.
Former rebels now opting to go the way of peace get government help through a resettlement project called the Kanhi Rebelde now Kauban sa Reporma (KR) Kalayaan Resettlement Center (KRC) that would facilitate their transition to civilian life.
With the government's Social Integration Program (SIP), encouragement of rebels to lay down their arms simply is not enough, the KRC which puts in a decent home and a piece of land to till would somehow be a good start, says Provincial Social Welfare Officer Constancia Tuñacao.
According to her, with Bohol showing a template for counter-insurgency by convergence of efforts to help alleviate people from poverty, the Provincial Peace and Order Council proposed the KRC, established in a 50 hectare area of Barangay Remedios.
Danao's KRC aims to develop a model community of 15 KR families and 10 civilian families living in an area and with a land to call their own, she stressed.
The program hopes to generate income and employment opportunities, evolve a strong beneficiary organization to sustain participation and involvement in community development as well as provide adequate alternative settlement for former rebels and their families who opt to finally start anew.
The project was funded in part by the President's Social Fund, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the local government of Bohol costs P6M.
The project also as three major components, she enumerates: Physical development, livelihood and enterprise development and institutional development which should install social awareness and responsiveness through value formation and reorientation program which includes cooperativism, production technology transfer, community organizing and other multiple linkage endeavors. (PIA Bohol) [top]