While fighting the war versus COVID-19, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) provincial office in Bukidnon continues to bring the good news of new life to 67 former rebels through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said beneficiaries receive an aggregate total of P2.532-million financial aid for Livelihood Assistance, Immediate Assistance, Firearm Remuneration and Reintegration Assistance so they can start life anew in the mainstream society with their families and loved ones.
“Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, we are still pushing towards a peaceful nation. One of the efforts of the government is ensuring that we will help our former rebels start a new life by providing them with the appropriate financial aid,” Agabe said.
E-CLIP provides a complete package of assistance to former 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 and abandoned armed struggle to become productive members of the society.
For his part, DILG-Bukidnon Provincial Director Carmelo Enrique B. Libot assured the people that the province shares this goal and is positive that more rebels will surrender through this program.
To capacitate former rebels, government agencies such as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the National Housing Authority (NHA) work together to identify and supply their needs.
Libot explained that the said the E-CLIP financial assistance is one of the clusters of the “Whole-of-Nation Approach” which aims to address the root causes of insurgencies and other armed conflicts and threats by prioritizing and harmonizing the delivery of basic services and social development packages by the government.