IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon. May 16 –A Php 5-million worth temporary shelter will rise at Impasugong Magbuliga Development Complex, Barangay Poblacion, Impasugong, Bukidnon.
The said facility, which is expected to be built within seven (7) months, is a thirteen by twenty-eight (13X28) square meters building that can accommodate several former rebels. It has a total land area of 10,000 square meters donated by the Local Government Unit of Impasugong.
The facility is intended to treat the “virus” brought about by the Communist NPA Terrorists’ propaganda which is deceitful, manipulative, violative of International Humanitarian Law, and has caused the deaths of innocent civilians. It will serve as temporary shelter for former rebels as they are being treated, transformed, and prepared for reintegration in the mainstream society and while waiting for the benefits that can received from the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program offered by the government.
“Dako akong pasalamat sa atong mga kauban sa pagpatuman sa kalinaw ug kalambuan. Kung wala sila, dili mapadayon ang pagtukod nianing pasilidad. Sa mga membro sa grupong terorista, kamo ang tinuod nga virus, naog namo sa balik sa sabakan sa gobyerno”. said Lt Col Edgardo V Talaroc Jr, Commander of 8th Infantry Battalion.
(I am thankful to our peace and development partners. Without them, this treatment facility will not be pursued. To the members of Communist Terrorists Group, you are the real virus, yield down and return to the government.)
The construction of a halfway house as a treatment facility is a testament of the government’s support to the former rebels as they return to the fold of the law.
~Photos courtesy of 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion