16 former rebels reintegrate to communities in Samar

16 former rebels have officially regained their civil rights as Filipino citizens and reintegrated back to their communities in Manapas town, Northern Samar.

They were provided with cash assistance, rice and foodstuffs by the provincial government of Northern Samar through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

Major Alex Alod of 20IB and Ms. Mercy Castillo of Northern Samar Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office handover the cash assistance and foodstuff to one of the former rebels. (20IB)

The former rebels stayed in a “Darangpan” for three months after they surrendered. “Darngpan” is a Waray term for shelter, a home for social integration also called a halfway house. It is a civilian facility that serves as Center for the reintegration of former rebels who expressed the desire to return into the folds of the law.

“Darngpan” is meant to facilitate the systematic assessment, processing, delivery of immediate intervention and development of individual reintegration plans, program and services for the spiritual and moral healing, and transformation of former rebels.

Seven of the 16 FRs are residents of the town of Palapag, while nine FRs are from the town of Mapanas, Northern Samar. They were received by their respective local government units upon their return to their localities.

On May 5, 2020, Mayor Francis John Tejano of Mapanas welcomed the nine FRs together with their families who accompanied them in Darangpan.

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