5 Former Rebels (FRs) were awarded Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) benefits during the Barangay Development Forum at the Provincial Convention Center, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte on October 5 2018, at 11am.
The Barangay Development Forum was highlighted by the awarding of E-CLIP benefits to 5 FRs by DILG ASec Jonathan E. Malaya, Assistant Secretary for Communication and Public Affairs.
Part of the E-CLIP benefits distributed includes immediate and livelihood assistance amounting to P65,000 each, while 4 of them received additional cash assistance for the firearm remuneration ( P116,000 for AK47 and P100,000 for M16) that they have previously surrendered.
In addition, the Local Governement Unit of Surigao del Norte received P5,000,000 intended for the establishment of Halfway House. It is a temporary shelter for the former rebels while they are on the process of transitioning from rebel life to a peaceful civilian life for their eventual reintegration to the community.
It can be recalled that the FRs also received P100,000 each from Gov Sol Matugas during the launching of Peace and Development Zone last August 28, 2018 at Brgy Sico-sico Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte.
“I urge the remaining members of the New Peoples Army to lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law and avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration of the government to live a better life with your family and love ones.” Ltcol Allen Raymund Tomas said. (30th Infantry Battalion)