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2 Davao provinces to collaborate against insurgency

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A delegation from Compostela Valley headed by Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy takes a tour of Happy Home, a halfway house for rebel returnees implemented by the provincial government of Davao Oriental. -- DAVAO ORIENTAL FB PAGE

THE NEIGHBORING provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental have agreed to join forces against insurgency through nonviolent initiatives such as implementing programs for rebel returnees. Compostela Valley Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy, in a statement, said he recently held discussions with officials of Davao Oriental, which has been recognized by the military for its efforts in implementing peace projects, particularly the setting up of a halfway-house for former members of the communist New People’s Army. The halfway-house called Happy Home, implemented through the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP), provides returnees with mechanisms on assimilating back to the community, including livelihood options. “If these programs have worked in Davao Oriental, then it should work in Compostela Valley,” Mr. Uy said. Col. Erwin Bernard L. Neri, commander of the Army’s 1001st Brigade based in Maco, Compostela Valley, welcomed the collaboration between the two provinces saying such programs will also help the soldiers in their peace and development campaign. “Many rebels have already expressed their interest to surrender. So it is crucial to provide a facility where we would be able to house them,” said Mr. Neri. — Carmelito Q. Francisco

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