Halfway house for FRs launched
KIANGAN, Ifugao – The two-story P5 million worth halfway house for rebel returnees was inaugurated and turned over to the provincial government last Sept. 6.
The house, located at Tiger Hill, Ibulao is part the services in the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program as implemented by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
While in the facility, rebel returnees undergo livelihood trainings said Lt/Col. Josef Franz Diamante, commanding officer of the 54th Infantry Battalion.
DILG-Ifugao Provincial Director Regina Elizabeth Mammag commended all parties who worked on the completion of the facility.
Governor Jerry Dalipog, for his part, enjoined the community to help in ending local communist armed conflict for a peaceful community that leads to development.
Vice Governor Glenn Prudenciano thanked the national government for providing funds for the halfway house.
Ifugao Police Provincial Director Col. David Mariano, on the other hand, hopes that more rebels will surrender and no Ifugao will be recruited to join rebel groups. – Marcelo B. Lihgawon