RPA-ABB relocation site moved to Cadiz City

THE relocation site for members of the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPM-P/RPA-ABB) Tabara-Paduano Group in Negros Occidental will now be located in Barangay Hiyang-hiyang, Cadiz City.

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said this was agreed during their meeting with the staff of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) at the Capitol on Friday.

The original site was in Victorias City, but Mayor Frederick Palanca opposed due to security reasons.

The determination of the relocation site is one of the reasons for the delay of the signing of the final peace agreement between the national government and the RPM-P/RPA-ABB Tabara-Paduano Group, which is now called Kapatiran Para sa Progresibong Panlipunan.

The renaming is part of its transformation into a legitimate socio-economic and political organization as outlined by the proposed closure agreement towards the disposition of arms and forces.

OPAPP Undersecretary Cleofe Gettie Sandoval had earlier said the signing of the closure agreement would take place before the end of President Benigno Aquino III's term in 2016.

The OPPAP has proposed a P279.16-million budget for livelihood and development programs for conflict-affected communities identified by the RPA-ABB Tabara-Paduano Group.

Part of the peace agreement is the reintegration to the government of 727 profiled members of the RPA-ABB.

OPPAP records show that the RPA-ABB TPG has 727 members. Of the profiled members, 607 are in Negros Occidental, 58 in Negros Oriental, and the rest scattered in Panay and some areas of Mindanao and Luzon. (TDE)

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