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CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-With the sudden outpour of armed rebels surrendering to the government, another half-way house is set to be constructed in Sorsogon province.


No less than the Governor of the province, Francis “Chiz” Escudero led the turn-over of cheque and the groundbreaking ceremony of the P5 million worth half-way house for the Happy Home Project in Barangay Cogon, Juban town, Thursday, November 21.


The ceremony marks the start of the construction of the facility which will serve as temporary shelter for rebel returnees as they undergo the process of reintegration to the mainstream society.


Witnessing the event were the Commander of Joint Task Force Bicolandia, MGEN FERNANDO T TRINIDAD AFP, Regional Director of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Bicol Atty. Anthony Nuyda, officials of Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD), Taskforce Balik-loob Bicolandia, PNP and other E-CLIP committee members.


In his message, Gen. Trinidad thanked the provincial government for helping the former armed insurgents to reestablish their lives outside the armed movement which aids the relentless campaign to end the insurgency in the region.


“Sa pagtatayo ng half-way house na ito, nakakasiguro ako na mas magiging ligtas ang ating mga dating rebelde habang kasalukuyang sumasailalim sa mga programa ng E-CLIP. Kaugnay nito, patuloy pa rin naming hinihikayat ang ating mga local chief executives na pamarisan ang ganitong mga gawain upang mas maitaguyod ang kapakanan ng ating mga kapwa Bicolano na nais magbagong buhay na malayo sa kaguluhan,” Gen. Trinidad added.


[With the construction of this half-way house, I am confident that former rebels are safe while undergoing the program of the government’s E-CLIP. In connection with this, we are continuously encouraging other local chief executives to do the same and help us in uplifting the lives of our fellow Bicolanos who want to start a more peaceful life.]


Sorsogon is one of the three provinces in Bicol to have its own half-way house.


With the full-swing implementation of Executive Order No. 70 (EO 70) or the Whole-of-Nation Approach, more public facilities and projects are on its way to address the needed services in every community and stop the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) from using these problems to discredit the government and mislead the people that revolution is the only solution.


Furthermore, JTFB continues to magnify its call for unity and cooperation of everyone to attain a lasting peace in the region.