THE City Government, along with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), are planning to build a shelter for former New People's Army (NPA) rebels.
According to Allan Porcadilla, focal person of the Enhanced - Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) concerns, the city is now looking for vacant lots where the proposed halfway house would be built.
The shelter will house former rebels before they will be returned to their families. They will undergo a rehabilitation program, and will be given livelihood projects, farming, livestock, raising, life skills training, therapeutic and psycho-social activities, value formations, among others, to prepare them in their return to the community.
City Administrator Teddy Sabuga-a said the city currently has 10 former rebels from Barangay Besigan but are still under validation.
Sabuga-a said this project is funded by the national government and is worth P5 million, pointing out that the reintegration of former rebels is a priority program of the government.
The city will provide the land and the personnel of the facility.
"Humana man sa provinces, they already have shelters, now the focus is in highly-urbanized areas to help also rebel returnees who are residing in Cagayan de Oro," he added.
The E-CLIP is a strategic flagship program of Duterte as an effective means of achieving the government’s peace and development agenda.
The program gives free housing, livelihood opportunities, and free education for the children of the rebel returnees.
According to the army, since the President issued a directive in 2017 to craft the E-CLIP as a concrete program for the reintegration former rebels, there has been a spike in the number of surrenderees from the NPA.