Sat. Jul 24th, 2021

Former rebels of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Negros Oriental who surrendered to authorities have benefited from the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) this year.

(photo courtesy: http://www.pna.gov.ph)

Records from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) provincial office showed that for this year, a total of P1.315 million in financial assistance has been given to 42 former rebels (FRs) who surrendered to the government through the Philippine Army.

DILG provincial director Farah Gentuya said the beneficiaries had undergone the processes outlined by the government for them to avail of the E-CLIP, through which the government helps rebel returnees reintegrate back to the community and start a new, normal life together with their families.

The DILG’s accomplishment report covering Jan. 1 to July 15, 2021 shows the E-CLIP assistance came from the agency’s Administered Package Assistance and the provincial government of Negros Oriental.

Three separate turnover ceremonies of E-CLIP assistance and projects were held in February, June, and July.

On Feb. 3, a total of P540,000 government assistance was given to 27 persons identified as former “Militia ng Bayan” (MB) members from the towns of Ayungon (nine); Zamboanguita (eight); Siaton (five); Sta. Catalina and Valencia (two each); and Sibulan (one).

Each of them received P15,000 representing the DILG Administered Package Assistance and P5,000 provincial government financial assistance or a total of P20,000, the accomplishment report showed.

On June 24, eight FRs from Guihulngan City (five); Mabinay and Canlaon City (one each); and two from Isabela, Negros Occidental whose benefits were processed in Negros Oriental, were granted an accumulated total of P600,000.

Each of them received P75,000, broken down into P15,000 DILG-Administered Package Assistance; P50,000 livelihood assistance; PHP5,000 provincial government financial assistance; and P5,000 personal cash assistance from Gov. Roel Degamo.

During the same turnover activity, seven MB members from Guihulngan City and one each from Canlaon City and Ayungon, also received the P15,000 DILG Administered Package Assistance; P5,000 provincial government financial assistant through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO); and P5,000 personal cash from the governor, totaling P25,000 each.

Some FRs and MBs who surrendered their firearms were also given the so-called Firearms Remuneration double the amount based on the assessment of authorities.

For long firearms surrendered, each returnee received P45,000 and for short firearms, P30,000 each.

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