DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao Province, Apr. 7– A total of 177 former Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and Dawlah Islamiya (DI) extremists have already received livelihood and farm assistance through the Anak na may GInintuang LAyunin, upang Hintuan Ang Violent Extremism Ngayon (AGILA-HAVEN) Program of the provincial government of Maguindanao.
Based on the report of the Task Force AGILA, as of April 5, 2021, the provincial government already distributed 40 motorbikes or “Payong-payong”, 12 farm tractors, 13 motorized bangka, 131 farm merchandises, and livelihood assistance.
The most recent aid were the livelihood assistance and farm machineries given to 42 members of the BIFF and DI. The assistance was intended to help former rebels start a peaceful and progressive life with their family and community.
Governor Bai Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu expressed her appreciation to the former rebels for their decision to cooperate with the government.
“Ngayon nandyan na ang tulong kaya wala nang dahilan para tayo ay magkawatak-watak. Hikayatin ninyo ang iba nyo pang kasamahan na magbalik-loob sa gobyerno,” she noted.
The governor also declared the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Dawlah Islamiya (DI) as persona-non-grata in the province.
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Jose Narciso, assistant division commander of the 6th Infantry Division expressed the 6ID’s gratitude for the commitment of the provincial government of Maguindanao in all the peace initiatives in the province.
“The AGILA-HAVEN program has gone a long way since its formal launching at the Provincial Capitol in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao in 2020. Now the province’s desire for lasting peace is being realized,” Narciso stated. (DPAO-6ID)