Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga- Police Regional Office 3 in collaboration with the 7th Civil-Military Operations (CMO), 7th Infantry Division (ID), Philippine Army (PA), and Central Luzon Cadre Team has advocated the Akap Kapatid program to help former members of communist terrorist groups (CTGs) to start anew.
The one-day activity was held on July 8, 2021 at the PRO3 Grandstand Conference Room, Camp Captain Julian Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga and participated by 20 rebel returnees from the different areas of Central Luzon.
PCOL ROMELL A VELASCO, C, RCADD3 said that the program is a sort of a psycho-social intervention program and has two phases: the short term that will focus on the self-assessment, psychosocial program and confidence building of participants; and long term which will focus on the general welfare of the “balik-loob” on how they can return to the community and live peacefully and sustainably.
“The most important is that they will be radicalized, the way they view the government will change and we have shown that the government looks after their welfare,” PCOL DAVID N POKLAY, C, RID3 stated.
PBGEN NARCISO D DOMINGO, PRO3 DRDA who attended the culmination of the event on behalf of PBGEN VALERIANO T DE LEON, RD, PRO3 remarked that through the Akap-Kapatid, they are embracing Filipinos who were once left behind by providing services not only from the PNP and the Philippine Army (PA).
PBGEN NARCISO also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the rebels who chose to surrender and encouraged them to inspire other rebels to join them by surrendering their weapons to the government. He vowed that PRO3, along with other RTF-ELCAC member agencies, would continue to assist rebel returnees in their peaceful and successful reintegration into society.
A BARANGAYanihan Libreng Ayuda was also conducted for the participants.(PIO-3)