TWENTY-FIVE Former Rebels (FR) have successfully undergone a three-month period of de-radicalization and capacity building Tupad Pangako Program of the Balik-Loob Task Force of Davao Del Sur at the Mindanao Baptist Rural Life Center (MBRLC) in Barangay Kinuskusan , Bansalan, Davao Del Sur after graduation on October 20, 2022.
The inter-agency program, now in its third implementation since 2021, aims to deconstruct the indoctrinated “hate” towards former rebels, redeem their dignity and reorient them on home economics and family values as part of the general objective of reintegrating FRs. to their respective communities.
The activities programmed over three months of the RF have been grouped into three; psychosocial intervention that includes deradicalization, interpersonal skills and spiritual enlightenment; vocational and livelihood skills development which includes organic farming, home economics and industrial skills; and an alternative literacy program.
Similarly, during the duration of the program, FR beneficiaries were registered in the civil registry and received legal papers, including birth certificates.
In addition to assistance from the Balik Loob Task Force’s Comprehensive Local Integration Enhancement Program, the provincial government of Davao Del Sur provided additional financial assistance worth twenty thousand pesos each while the provincial office of Davao Sur Agriculture distributed starter kits.
The closing ceremony took place in the presence of the various converging agencies and institutions of the program. This includes Provincial Local Government Unit of Davao Del Sur, Ministry of Interior and Local Government, Ministry of Social Welfare and Development-Davao Region, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Davao Region, Philippines Crop Insurance. Corporation, Public Employment Service Bureau, Provincial Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management – Davao Del Sur, Bansalan Municipal Government, Davao Del Sur, Barangay Kinuskusan, Bansalan, Mindanao Baptist Rural Life Center, 39th Battalion of Infantry, 10th Infantry Division and Davao Del Sur Provincial Police Bureau. (PR)