40 former Sayyafs get houses in Basilan

Forty former Abu Sayyaf members were granted new houses in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan on Saturday, February 16.

The housing units were turned over to former Abu Sayyaf members by outgoing ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman; Colonel Fernando Reyeg of the Joint Task Force 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, the commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said the grant of housing reflects the commitment of the government and other stakeholders in expediting the reintegration of Abu Sayyaf members who decided to return to the folds of the law.

The turnover was held at 12 noon on Saturday.

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