Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) X Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe urged more rebels to surrender as each of the 31 former rebels (FRs) who took their oath at a pre-Valentine ceremony at Casa de Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City is set to receive financial aids through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
“Through this (E-CLIP) program, our President gave our rebels a chance to surrender and start anew by providing them with the financial assistance and other necessary assistance along the way,” RD Agabe said.
Each of the 31 FRs will receive P65,000 financial assistance, of which P50,000 will be for livelihood assistance and P15,000 will serve as immediate assistance.
E-CLIP provides complete package of assistance to FRs who were members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People’s Army (NPA), and National Democratic Front (NDF), as well as their family members, who have surrendered to the government to abandon armed struggle and become productive members of the society.
Speaking during the oath taking ceremonies organized by the DILG 10 Province of Misamis Oriental and E-CLIP Committee members, RD Agabe assured that both the FRs and their families will benefit from the social services by various government agencies on top of the DILG E-CLIP financial assistance.
Present during the event were Brig. Gen. Franco Nemesio M. Gacal of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division Commander representing Task Force Balik Loob, Provincial Legal Officer of Misamis Oriental Atty. Neil Pacana, LTC Richard B. Rabaca Commanding Officer 65th IB, and Col. Edgardo Y. De Leon Commander, 403rd/ E-CLIP Co-Chairman.
Meanwhile, Col. Edgardo Y. De Leon appealed to the former rebels and the media to further disseminate the program to reach the active NPA members in the region for them to avail the program.
In line with these efforts, halfway houses are being established in Region 10, which will serve as venue and facility for the former rebels in conducting rehabilitation and healing sessions, and education and skills training activities.
Financial benefits for the FRs will be released upon the completion of the E-CLIP process.