Former NPAs to get housing units from Govt. after cops,soldiers waive rights

Former NPAs to get housing units from Govt. after cops,soldiers waive rights

So it can be told that the government are making its promises true to the returning or surrendering communist rebels.

The National Housing Authority (NHA) is set to award a total of 50 housing units to the first batch of New People's Army (NPA) surrenderers from Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental.

This happened because personnels from both the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) — the original beneficiaries of the housing project — decided to waive their rights in favor of the former NPAs.

"Biyaya ng Pagbabago"
Freedom Residences, a three-hectare area in Cuambogan,  which is touted to be the first settlement for rebel returnees in the country. (photo credit to owner)

Lt. General Macairog Alberto  and some NHA offcials, underscored/ emphasized the importance of prioritizing communist rebel returnees in the government's housing program to attract more NPA members to return to the mainstream society and live peaceful lives.

NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. and other Army officials to inspect the "Biyaya ng Pagbabago" Freedom Residences, a 3 hectare area in Cuambogan, this city, which is considered to be the first settlement for rebel returnees in the country.

31 former rebels will be the first occupants of the first 50 completed units.

Target date of the turn-over will be on the end of the month, and no less than President will be the guest of honor on that occasion.

"Biyaya ng Pagbabago" Freedom Residences

Each housing unit costs PHP450,000 with a floor area of 33 sq. meters, featuring a loft and extra seven sq. meters for laundry area.

The housing project has a total of 375 units, with provisions for a training facility to provide NPA surrenders with necessary livelihood skills. 

Some two hectares were allotted to be developed later on as a commercial area where owners can engage in small business.

31 ex-NPAs

The first batch of beneficiaries have been evaluated by the government through the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Evaluation Program (e-CLIP).

Aside from the E-CLIP programs, Philippine Army units have also been directed to "work closely with other government agencies and stakeholders for them to come up for a comprehensive program" for former rebels, Maj. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., commander Eastern Mindanao Command said.

"Critical to the FRs (former rebels) is the post-surrender intervention and social preparation,  which allows them to be integrated into mainstream society as a productive and law-abiding citizen," Santos noted.

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Report from PNA

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