The Davao City government has inaugurated the newly-completed temporary residential facility for the communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels who have returned to the fold of the law.

Called the Kalinaw Village, the residential facility located in Brgy. Mahayag, Bunawan District, will serve as the temporary home for the ex-cadres while undergoing transitional activities before they re-integrate into their community and families.

It is a P10 million residential facility built by the Davao City government and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In her message, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte hoped that the Kalinaw Village would be instrumental in the former rebels’ transition to a better future.

“May this home lives up to its name and serve its purpose, and that all who come here may be motivated and empowered to improve their lives, and develop their skills to make a better future for themselves and families – to find kalinaw padulong sa hayag nga kaugmaon (to find light towards a bright future,) she said.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) is in-charge of running the halfway home.

Mayor Sara also thanked the city government’s partners for making the project possible. They are the Peace 911 and its partner agencies, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“We thank you for laying a bright future for our former rebels as they maneuver their way back to their respective families and communities with the confidence to start anew in peace. Through the Kalinaw Village’s feature units for safety protection, psycho-social intervention, capability building and employment, home line services, monitoring, and evaluation, we hope to equip them with opportunities aligned with their desire for a better, safer way of life”, the mayor said.

Present during the ceremony were CSWDO chief Atty. Marlisa Gallo, DILG XI Regional Director Vicky P. Sarcena, 1003rd Brigade Commander Gen. Nolasco A. Mempin, and Davao City Police Director Police Col. Kirby John Kraft. CIO