Seven former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Bukidnon received a total of P365 thousand assistance and benefits from the government through the government’s Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
E-CLIP is a complete package of assistance for the NPA rebels who surrender to the government.
The beneficiaries received the incentives in a simple program during the groundbreaking ceremony of the halfway house in Impasugong, Bukidnon.
The halfway house will cater to the psychosocial and psychological needs of the former rebels in preparation for their reintegration into mainstream society.
Officials and representatives of government and non-government agencies witnessed the event.
The total amount received by the former rebels includes firearm remuneration and livelihood assistance.
Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Battalion commanding officer Lt. Col. Edgardo Talaroc Jr. lauded the former rebels for yielding and availing of the E-CLIP benefits.
“I encourage the surrenderees to continue convincing other active NPA and supporters to surrender and join the mainstream society for a peaceful life,” Lt. Col. Talaroc said.
Engr. Carmelo Enrique Libot, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) provincial director in Bukidnon who graced the event said 524 ex-NPA rebels have returned to the folds of law and the Bukidnon E-CLIP committee is now processing their incentives.
Col. Ferdinand Barandon, 403rd Infantry Brigade commander who is also the Co-chairman of Bukidnon ECLIP Committee said the government has all the best programs to offer for the former rebels to enjoy peaceful and progressive lives.
“The benefits that the former rebels received will be a big help for them to start a new life,” Col. Barandon said.