DAVAO CITY – Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib said on Friday the recruitment drive of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in the province has produced not even a single potential member. Jubahib attributed the NPA’s failed recruitment effort in the province to the Capitol’s peace and developments initiatives, in partnership with the Philippine Army.
“They have seen that the government is working and we have delivered our services even in the far-flung areas,” the governor said.
Jubahib said it is the provincial government that has successfully recruited NPA members to return to the fold of the law by providing surrenderers with livelihood and other assistance. The governor said the indigenous peoples (IPs) in Davao del Norte, which he said are the most vulnerable group for NPA recruitment, have been able to “resist” the communist rebel movement. This is made possible, he said, by the Capitol’s fast-tracking of various development projects for IP communities.
“We don’t want that these IPs to be fooled again by the other group, that’s why we are pouring various projects in their communities for them to be productive and live peacefully,” he said.
He said the National Housing Authority (NHA) has downloaded a total of PHP20 million for the 100 units housing project intended for the IP’s in Talaingod town.
The town, he said, is also set to receive various services during the three-day caravan dubbed as “Oplan Tabang” on September 4-6.
“This town has the highest rate of insurgency before and we are doing all that we can to erase the bad memories they experienced with the NPA through these developments,” he said.
Meanwhile, 34 tribe members in Talaingod have undergone skills training on masonry and carpentry by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on Thursday.
Mayor Jonnie Libayao lauded the efforts of TESDA, saying the training “will be of great help to the IPs since they have no formal education.”
“This will bridge the knowledge which they have not acquired in a formal education setting. We thank TESDA for the skills training they have provided,” Libayao said.