DAVAO CITY – Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib assured that the provincial government will rescue all the remaining Indigenous People (IP) families locked inside the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Haran in this city.
“We planned that this year, I will just not mention the specific date and month but we will rescue those IPs in Haran,” he said in an interview.
The statement came after the successful rescue of 19 IP children at a retreat house of the University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus in Cebu City on Feb. 15.
Jubahib said that the operation will also be done in Haran as soon as they finish the IP Housing Project in the province.
“One of the requirements for us to rescue them is the housing that they asked for. We have finished about 60 houses in Sitio Tibukag, Barangay Dagohoy in Talaingod and we will start the construction in Sitio Dulian for us to complete the 125 houses,” he added.
He bared that there are 125 families housed in Haran but 30 of them have already returned to their communities and 95 are waiting for rescue.
“One of the reasons also why these IPs cannot go home is because the UCCP administrators and the Pasaka Federation of Lumad in Southern Mindanao are locking them up and preventing them from returning to their communities,” Jubahib confirmed.
He added that such action prompted the Police Regional Office in Region 11 (PRO-11) and Davao del Norte Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) to file charges against the said groups.