18 former rebels (FRs) recently received government assistance through the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) at the Surigao del Sure Provincial Governor’s Office in Tandag City.
According to Capt. Jonald Romorosa, 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB) Civil Military Operations officer (CMO), the 18 FRs composed of 17 regular New People’s Army (NPA), and one Militia ng Bayan (MB) member were coming from Sitio Ibuan, Barangay Mampi, Lanuza, and Barangay Hinapuyan, Carmen, respectively.
Capt. Romorosa said 17 of them identified as regular NPA members received P70,000.00 each, which comprised of livelihood assistance (P65,000.00), and cash assistance from the provincial government (P5,000), while the lone MB member received a total of P20,000.00 (P15,000.00 as livelihood assistance, and P5,000.00 from the provincial government).
“The activity conducted was part of the reintegration program given by the government for them to start a new life as they return to the mainstream of society together with their loved ones,” said Romorosa.
Lt. Col. Jezreel Diagmel, 36IB Commanding Officer, said that the awarding of ECLIP assistance to the 18 former rebels is a manifestation that the government is sincere in its program to help the FRs to start and begin a new life together with their family.
The commander then called on the remaining Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) to surrender and return to the folds of the law to avail the E-CLIP of the government intended for them.
“Once again, I am calling the remaining Communist NPA terrorist to surrender now, and return to the folds of the law, avail the E-CLIP of the government and live with peace,” Ltc Diagmel said. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)