Female ex-rebel grateful for new home in Agusan Norte 

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 6 (PIA) -- Alias “Kris”, a female former rebel from the province of Agusan del Norte, was delighted as she received the good news that she and her family now have a permanent home.

“As we surrender, we were able to receive aid and support from the government. I’m thankful because I feel the real concern of our government,” shared Kris.

Kris was one of the 100 former rebels in the province who benefited from the housing program of the government wherein these houses will be built in a 1.4-hectare of land donated by a private mining company.

According to the local government unit, the construction of the houses which is worth almost half a million pesos per house will immediately start. This lot is located in Barangay Del Pilar, Cabadbaran City.

Agusan del Norte Governor Dale Corvera thanked the San Roque Metals Incorporated (SRMI) for taking part in the government’s effort to provide the welfare of the former rebels. “I’m happy to receive this donation of 1.4 hectares of land from the SRMI, where the houses for our former rebels will be built. The FRs could now start a new life in this community,” he said.

Meanwhile, Agusan del Norte 2nd District Representative Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba also called on the former rebels to encourage other New People’s Army (NPA) members to leave the terrorist group and surrender to the government’s fold.

“You encourage them not to put their lives to waste fighting for a senseless cause. It doesn’t give them a better future,” Matba underscored.

These former NPAs have surrendered to the 29th and 23rd Infantry Battalions, both based in Agusan del Norte. (JPG/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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