Zamboanga Former Violent Extremists Receive DSWD Cash Aid

The Department of Social Welfare and Development distributes financial assistance to nine former violent extremists in Zamboanga.

In support of the government’s drive to achieve a just and lasting peace, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its Field Office IX, has provided cash assistance to nine Former Violent Extremists (FVE) in Vista Del Mar, Zamboanga City on June 6, 2022.

Five FVEs from Sulu and four from Basilan have returned to the fold of the law and their families through DSWD’s close coordination with 84 Special Action Company, Rapid Deployment Battalion, Philippine National Police Special Action Force PLt. Col. Ford Sudaypan. DSWD Assistant Secretary for Mindanao Affairs, Jade Jamolod, represented the department at the event.

DSWD Cash Assistance to Former Zamboanga ExtremistsEach FVE received financial assistance of Php 5,000.00 through Crisis Assistance as part of one of the Department’s interventions under the Enhanced Global and Local Integration Program before reintegration into their respective communities.

The successful reintegration of these FVEs also resulted in increased collaboration between the Regional Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict IX and the Balik-Loob program.

DSWD continues to work with relevant agencies to effectively address the socio-economic needs of communities while addressing the threat of local insurgency.

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