August 5, 2022
To get rid of the twisted doctrines of communism and extremist ideologies, the Provincial Government of Davao de Oro, in collaboration with the security sectors and concerned national government agencies, commenced on November 07, 2023, the 45-day de-radicalization, healing, reconciliation, and life skills training program to friends rescued in the province.
Under the guidance of experienced counselors and focal persons, these individuals actively participate in a holistic program that provides psychological support, counseling, vocational training, and education. The main objective is to equip them with the necessary tools for successful reintegration into society as law-abiding and productive citizens.
The entire program will unfold at the Kalayaan Center situated in Barangay Libasan, Nabunturan.
Governor Dorothy Montejo-Gonzaga emphasized that “this initiative is part of the government’s broader efforts, serving as the initial stride in assisting former insurgents to become catalysts for positive change and not only offering them a chance for a better future but also contributing to the overall peace and development of the province.”
The FRs expressed their sincere appreciation for the support they received and for being accepted as they lay down their arms and embraced the path of peace and reconciliation. This has brought them one step closer to a successful reintegration into society.
PSWDO Head Josephine M. Frasco, represented by Project Development Officer Nenita A. Pongcol, said that once they completed the program, compiling of the documentary requirements will follow to avail the DILG’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and other benefits from the national and provincial government.
The on-going program demonstrates the government’s commitment to addressing the root causes of conflict. Joint efforts between LGUs, security forces, and active citizen participation are key to maintaining the province’s “insurgency-free” status. (RCH)
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