Former NPA rebels reap seeds of peace

THE REGION
September 5, 2017

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DAVAO CITY -- Former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Davao Oriental are literally reaping what they sow in the name of peace.

This was announced by provincial information officer Karen Lou Deloso, who said 17 former NPA harvested corn and other vegetable products which they planted last May.

Among the returnees, five were minors aged 16 to 17, and two were pregnant females aged 26 and 30.

These ex-rebels were sheltered at the Happy Home, a processing center and a civilian facility for former rebels who have expressed their desire to return to the fold of the law in Mati City.

The farm is owned by the provincial government and is near the 701st Brigade military camp. The facility will soon produce more vegetables.

Chief Master Sgt. Fernando Queza, one of supervisors of the farming activity in the facility, reported the former rebels harvested eggplants, corn, ampalaya, cucumber and okra.

Queza said that aside from planting, the beneficiaries are also tending livestock, a piggery with twenty piglets, and poultry of native chickens.

The livestock, including the vegetable seedlings, and organic fertilizers, were provided for free by the provincial government’s agricultural office.

Each of the returnees own the livestock and vegetables sold at the local market.

In 2013, then governor and now First District Rep. Corazon Malanyaon established the facility for the former rebels to install the pillars of shared peace and prosperity in the province.

Since its launched, the facility has been helping rebels in transition to civilian life. It is staffed by a composite group providing psychosocial, spiritual and other services.

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang continues to provide former rebels with livelihood and employment opportunities, scholarships for their children, health services and others for them to join in the mainstream society. PNA


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