The provincial government of Pangasinan and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) have inaugurated a halfway house facility in this town for former rebels.
In an interview on Thursday, DILG Pangasinan provincial director Paul Lalata said the facility will serve as a venue for conducting rehabilitation, educational sessions, and skills training activities while the former rebels wait for their benefits under the enhanced comprehensive local integration program (ECLIP).
“The DILG has allotted PHP5 million for the construction of the said facility while the provincial government provided the land as well as the equipment and the maintenance and personnel for the facility,” he said.
Lalata said the facility could house at least 20 former rebels.
“When there are no former rebels who are staying there, it could be used for some other purposes deemed appropriate,” he added.
Lalata cited the Armed Forces of the Philippines saying Pangasinan remains insurgency free, but the provincial government of Pangasinan and other concerned national government agencies are implementing the retooled community support program to nine vulnerable barangays in the province.
Four barangays under this program are from Infanta town, one from Mabini town, two from San Nicolas town, and two from Umingan town, he said.
“The program enables the implementation of Executive Order 70 or the whole-of-nation approach in ending local communist wherein the needs of the people were identified and provided by the local government units, and national government agencies,” he added. (PNA)