Gov’t Intervention Alleviates Insurgency Incidence

Guests during the Kapihan sang Kapitolyo on May 18 are Philippine Army 701st Brigade Commander Col. Reuben Basiao, Social Welfare Consultant Evelyn Vallar and Happy Home Center Manager Emmalyn Oliveros.

DAVAO ORIENTAL- A government intervention that provides temporary shelter to former rebels alleviates insurgency incidence in the province.

Part of the peace and development effort of the provincial government here, Happy Home is a processing center and a civilian facility established through the Provincial Peace and Order Council and the Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (DILG-PAMANA) for the former rebels who have expressed their desire to return to the folds of the law and have disengaged from armed violence.

During the Kapihan Sang Kapitolyo on May 18, Emmalyn Oliveros, Center Manager of the Happy Home, said that the services the Happy Home offers has been attracting insurgents to surrender. “We offer them wide array of comprehensive programs and services for their healing and recovery process using interdisciplinary approach. These services include counseling, psychiatric, spiritual enrichment, educational, health, skills training, livelihood assistance, employment, therapy and workshops, and legal services. These draw them to return to the folds of the government”.

Among the services offered in the Happy Home is the dispersal livestock for their livelihoods. (FILE PHOTO)

Initiated by the previous administration under Former Governor, now Representative of the First District of the province, Cong. Corazon N. Malanyaon, the Happy Home facilitates the systematic assessment, processing, delivery of immediate interventions, and development of individual reintegration plans.

To date, the current administration of Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang continues to pour support to the operation of the facility.  The Happy Home which continues to cover the two districts of the province also serves referrals of clients from other provinces whose permanent residences are located in Davao Oriental.

Since the last quarter of year 2013 up to 2016, a total of 157 former rebels were accommodated in the center. This year, 14 former rebels are currently housed at the Happy Home. They stay in the shelter for one to three months under the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP).  

Previous batch of former rebels visiting a vegetable farm as part of their educational tour during their stay at the Happy Home (FILE PHOTO)

Evelyn Vallar, Social Welfare Consultant who was the former Happy Home Center Manager said that during the course of their stay, the former rebels, especially those who are in trauma, are being treated by psychologists and undergo the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education. “After they have availed of all our services and programs, they are discharged from the Happy Home. Close monitoring is conducted afterwards that aims not just to see if their source of livelihood is stable but also to assess their general situation,” Vallar explained.

Being an integral partner of the province on peace and development, 701st Brigade Commander of the Philippine Army, Col. Reuben Basiao, said during the media forum that the military also takes the role of facilitating the former rebels’ integration to mainstream society by enabling them to avail government services. “We make them (former rebels) aware of what the government could offer them, showing them that rather than espousing on armed violence, they could attain their needs through whatever legal forms available in the government,” he said. By Riza M. Golez 

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