CAMP GENERAL MANUEL T YAN SR., Mawab, Compostela Valley- On February 01, 2019, 11:00am, about 50 of the 375 housing units ready for handover was inspected by the National Housing Authority (NHA) General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. together with MGen. Felimon T. Santor Jr., Commander Eastern Mindanao Command, Lt.Gen. Macairog S. Alberto, Commanding General, Philippine Army, MGen Jose Faustino Jr., Commander of 10th Infantry Division and Brigade Commanders to whom the beneficiaries surrendered.
This is part of the intervention under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). In 2018, there were 535 regular NPAs and 703 Milisyang Bayan who have surrendered to 10ID, more than 200 have already received E-CLIP financial and livelihood assistance.
Aside from the housing units, TESDA will provide skills development to the beneficiaries who will eventually be employed in completing the other units and other housing projects of NHA in Tagum City. It can be recalled that the housing project for FRs is one of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s promises to them during the gathering of FRs at Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City on December 21, 2017, which was institutionalized with the signing of the Administrative Order #10 on April 3, 2018.
10ID, with all its stakeholders, is grateful and optimistic about this project of the Government for the former rebels. It is one of the answers to the issues being exploited by the CPP-NPA-NDF.
Meanwhile, LtGen Alberto expressed gratitude to NHA for facilitating the project for the former rebels and lauded troops generousity. “Napakaimportante ng project na ito, matutuwa an gating mga kababayan. It will help resolve the problem. Matutulungan natin ang ating mga kababayan na sumama sa NPA at ngayon ay nagbalik na sa ating gobyerno. Makikita din natin ang pagbibigay ng ating mga kasundaluhan at kapulisan sa pabahay na para sa kanila at ibinigay nila sa ating mga kababayang nagbalik-loob,” he said in an interview.
The housing project which is called “Biyaya ng Pagbabago Freedom Residences” is situated at Cuambugan, Tagum City, Davao Del Norte in a three-hectare lot that accommodates 375 units.