CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela (PIA) - - The National Housing Authority (NHA), 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army and the Local Government Unit of San Mariano recently led the groundbreaking of a P12.96 million housing project dubbed as 'Bagong Pag-asa' village for former rebels.
With the project, at least 48 housing units will be constructed in Barangay Minanga in San Mariano town.
The NHA funded the project in support of the government’s National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
San Mariano Mayor Edgar Go said the provision of housing units to former rebels is a big step towards liberating the people of San Mariano from the grip of the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs).
“This project for FRs is a strong reminder that the government will always do its best to support and assist our fellow Filipinos who lost their way,” Go said during the groundbreaking ceremony held on November 24.
Go also expressed thanks to the military for the unwavering commitment in helping achieve lasting peace in the municipality.
Meanwhile, 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army Commander Maj. Gen Laurence E Mina extended his appreciation to the NHA for supporting the call to end the local communist armed conflict by providing housing projects for the former rebels.
Mina congratulated the former rebels for another milestone of their reintegration as assured that the government will continue to provide them the necessary assistance as provided under the E-CLIP.
“Through the housing assistance of the NHA, I hope that you will find comfort and peace, living with your families and love ones. The Pag-asa Village represents the government’s determination to protect its people from the atrocities and abuses of the CNTs,” Mina said. (MDCT/BME/MGE/PIA Isabela)