|Gov. Bellaflor Angara Castillo and party in a souvenir|
photo with the Japanese visitors.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Governor Angara-Castillo bats for peaceful and progressive Aurora
BALER, Aurora, August 21, 2011-In the recent twin separate encounters between the army and rebels, Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo calls for peaceful and progressive province, urging the Domingo Erlano Command (DEC) rebels to return to the mainstream society.
Angara-Castillo told newsmen that the provincial government is exerting fullest efforts for the continuous spur of development and maintaining its good image for having the lowest crime rate in Central Luzon.
“I expect all rebels in the province to return to the fold of the law. I want to change their status to know that the government is sincere in the peace process. We are providing now a housing project for rebel returnees,” she said, referring to the establishment of a rebel returnees’ housing community at a two (2) hectare land in the municipality of Maria Aurora where an initial forty (40) houses will be built exclusively for former New People’s Army (NPA) and their dependents.
Angara-Castillo said that the rebels should be given the chance to know that there is a good future waiting for them if they will return to the government.
“I want to help them and ready to give what they need just like the other rebels who are now enjoying their lives,” Angara-Castillo said, explaining that she is offering rebel returnees community houses, jobs, scholarships, livelihood projects among others.
“I want a former rebel community complete with free house, facilities, schools, day care centers, chapels, health centers etc…,” she said.
Angara-Castillo said that she wanted to uplift the lives of the former rebels to feel what a family life should be living in a peaceful society; thus, I urged rebels to turn their back in the armed revolution.
It could be remembered that 21 rebels were awarded each of P50,000 worth livelihood assistance cash money totalled to P1,050,000 through the Social Integration Program (SIP) of the government. (Jason de Asis)
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