HOUSES FOR FORMER REBELS. The National Housing Authority and the 801st Infantry Brigade agreed to build houses for former rebels who have returned to the folds of the law, dubbed as ‘Saad nga Balay.’ (Photo Courtesy)

TACLOBAN CITY – Deputy Brigade Commander Colonel Carmelito Pangatungan of the 801st Infantry Brigade recently convened with National Housing Authority (NHA) Regional Manager Engineer Constancio Antiniero as part of their ongoing efforts to strengthen engagement with partners and stakeholders.

The 801st Brigade, stationed in Barangay Fatima, Hinabangan town in Samar province, operates within various local government units in the province, as well as in Eastern Samar and Northern Samar provinces.

The meeting between the two officials focused on the implementation of a housing program called “Saad nga Balay,” initiated by the 801st Brigade in collaboration with local government units to provide former rebels with decent shelter as part of their reintegration program.

During the meeting, both parties agreed to collaborate in achieving their shared objective of providing better homes and livelihood opportunities to marginalized communities.
According to a statement from the 801st Brigade, “The National Housing Authority pledged to provide technical assistance and funding for the projects, while the 801st Infantry Brigade will ensure the safety and security of the project sites.”

This collaboration underscores the commitment of the 801st Brigade to foster peace and development in the communities they serve. They also pledged to continue engaging with various agencies, organizations, and individuals to create a more peaceful and prosperous environment for the people of Samar.

By strengthening partnerships with different stakeholders, the 801st Brigade aims to maximize resources and reach more people in need, thereby making a positive impact on the lives of those within their area of operations.

The Saad nga Balay program is currently underway at three sites.

In San Jose de Buan town in Samar province, 14 houses are under construction with the assistance of military personnel from the 87th Infantry Battalion and engineering battalion of the Philippine Army, funded by the provincial and municipal governments.

Recently, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Saad nga Balay project in Can-avid, Eastern Samar benefiting 10 former rebels on a property owned by the local government.
Similar housing projects are planned for implementation in Dolores town in Eastern Samar province, providing 10 units of housing. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)