By Francis Wakefield
Forty former Abu Sayyaf members were given new houses in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan on Saturday, February 16.
The Armed Forces of the Phililpines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom), said the housing units were turned over to the former Abu Sayyaf members by outgoing ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman; Colonel Fernando Reyeg of the Joint Task Force (JTF) Basilan; and Soler Undug of the Basilan District Engineering Office.
Through the Program against Violent Extremism, the houses were constructed by the ARMM-Bangsamoro Regional Inclusive Development for Growth and Empowerment under the supervision of the BDEO.
Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said the grant reflects the commitment of the government and other stakeholders in expediting the reintegration of Abu Sayyaf members who returned to the folds of the law.
The turnover was held at 12 noon on Saturday.