Rehab prog starts for 2nd batch of ex-rebels in MisOcc

Misamis Occidental Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) kicked off the Rapid Reintegration Program for the second batch of former rebels in the province in a simple ceremony recently.

As member of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) Committee in Misamis Occidental, Philippine Army 10th Infantry Battalion (10IB) Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Ryan Severo recognized the support of the provincial leadership in paving the way for the 45 rebels to transformation.

“Nagagalak ako na pinagmamalaki ang suporta nang ating provincial government sa panguguna ng ating governor para bigyan daan ang pagbabago ng ating 45 former rebels,” Severo said.

He said the initiatives and fulfillment of this government program is one of the important projects that help not only the former rebels who are returning to the folds of the society but also to their families and communities they came from.

The commanding officer assured the ex-rebels of the government’s support and the immediate release of their benefits.

E-CLIP is being implemented under the Task Force “Balik Loob” headed by the Department of National Defense (DND).

The activity is an offshoot of Administrative Order Number 10 signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on April 10, 2018, converging the Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and programs of interventions of different government agencies to former rebels to prepare them to be integrated in the mainstream society.

E-CLIP was piloted by the 10IB Infantry Brigade through an existing program of the Provincial Government of Misamis Occidental and the other government interventions to former rebels who surrendered to 10IB units.

The activity is an offshoot of Administrative Order Number 10 signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on April 10, 2018, converging the Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and programs of interventions of different government agencies to former rebels to prepare them to be integrated in the mainstream society.

E-CLIP was piloted by the 10IB Infantry Brigade through an existing program of the Provincial Government of Misamis Occidental and the other government interventions to former rebels who surrendered to 10IB units.

The activity is a live-in training for former rebels held at the headquarters of 10th Infantry “Steady On” Battalion, Burgos, Oroquieta City.

DILG MisOcc Local Government Operations Officer Neil Anasco, during the opening ceremony the E-CLIP overview, said it seeks to contribute towards achieving the goal of permanent and peaceful closure of all armed conflicts with non-state armed groups.

It aims to facilitate the mainstreaming of former rebels as productive citizens and enhance capacities of local government units (LGUs) and national government agencies (NGAs), Civil Society Organization, Religious Sector, and compensate and re-numerate all the firearms surrendered in the implementation and sustainability of E-CLIP, he added.

Expressing his gratitude to the NGAs that helped them in changing their lives, former rebel Ronnie Gumalay Sr. attested that government services are dependable.

Meanwhile, Brigade Commander, Col. Bacus Hernan Jr. of 102nd Infantry “Igsoon” Brigade under the 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division of the Philippine Army, said the E-CLIP is the flagship program of the president as effective means of achieving the government peace and development agenda through this program.

“Let us continue to work together, rally behind, strongly support of this program in order to contribute to eventually successful integration of this former rebels, to the mainstream as we are visioning, to the help cause towards peaceful and develop province to be,” Bacus said.

Aside from free skills trainings from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Livelihood Program, other interventions under E-CLIP provides a wider array of benefits based on the particular needs of former rebels and their families such as safety and security, reintegration assistance, immediate assistance, livelihood assistance, capacity building, healing and reconciliation initiatives, spiritual enrichment, shelter, education, and among others through a convergence of various national and local government agencies.

The closing ceremony and awarding of financial assistance to ex-rebels is set on December 4 at the Provincial Cultural Training Center, Capitol, Oroquieta City. (Shaine Mae R. Nagtalon/PIA10 Misamis Occidental)