Army exec cites housing project for ex-NPAs in Caraga

Providing decent homes to former rebels will ensure a better future for their families and entice members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) to abandon the movement and go back to their families and communities, an Army official said Tuesday.

This, as Brig. Gen. Maurito Licudine, commander of the Army’s 402nd Infantry Brigade (402Bde), also commended the National Housing Authority’s (NHA) support to the former rebels in the region.

“We are elated that our former rebels can avail the NHA housing assistance with the easing of the requirements to comply and the allocation of funds for the program,” Licudine said in a statement Tuesday.

The housing program is now part of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP), Licudine said.

“A total of 222 former rebels under the 402nd Brigade were already awarded the ECLIP program while another 119 have already gone through processing and are waiting for the release of their aid and support from the program,” Licudine said.

Another 83 former rebels who recently surrendered to the different battalions of the brigade are set to be enrolled for ECLIP, the Army official said, adding that 91 rebel returnees have availed of the housing program.

“The government is now implementing all-inclusive programs for our former rebels, from skills and technical training to the provision of livelihood and assistance and lately, the support for their housing,” Licudine said.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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