April 14, 2024

To ensure continuous government intervention among former rebels, the Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PRO-Cor) through the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15 (RMFB 15) in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment-Cordillera held a consultation dialogue with former rebels in the region on Jan. 30 at Camp Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet.

The assessment and consultation, which aimed to assess the necessary support that the concerned government agencies can provide, are part of RMFB15’s “Panag-aywan iti Kailyan” program, a whole-of-nation approach program that provides assistance to marginalized communities in the region.

Under the Panag-aywan iti Kailyan, PRO-Cor aims to deliver the basic servi-ces of the government and private sectors to Geographically Isolated Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs), conflict affected areas, and former rebels. 

“In addition to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government, there are more interventions and initiatives that the government can give the former rebels in addressing their complex needs and their transition to mainstream society.  The Panag-aywan iti Kailyan supports our PRO-Cor Director, B/Gen. David K. Peredo’s threefold agenda called Disiplina at dasal, kakayahan at kaunlaran, pagmamahal at pagtupad sa tungkulin,” said Col. Ruel D. Tagel, RMFB15 commander.

He added the PRO-Cor initiative is a component of the government’s larger and more intensive efforts to support former rebels as they reintegrate into society, embrace peace, and begin a new chapter in their lives.

PRO-Cor is urging the remaining communist terrorist group members to abandon the senseless armed revolution and acknowledge that fighting the government is futile.  PRO-Cor remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting former rebels and looks forward to further collaboration with other relevant agencies to ensure the successful reintegration of former rebels in the Cordillera. – Press release