The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Bukidnon gave 38 former rebels (FRs) the chance to live peaceful and productive lives by awarding them livelihood and immediate assistance worth P1.72-million under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) at Kaamulan Folk Arts Theater, Malaybalay City.
DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said that this round of livelihood and immediate assistance came shortly after the release of P2.5-million E-CLIP funds to 67 former rebels in Bukidnon.
“We really want to fast-track this effort so that we could provide all the necessary assistance to our FRs the soonest time possible, despite this pandemic,” Agabe said.
Agabe said that now is the best time for FRs to return to the folds of law so they can start life anew especially that they are given this rare chance financial assistance under the E-CLIP program.
Meanwhile, DILG Bukidnon Provincial Director Carmelo Enrique B. Libot pledged the continued support of the DILG to the end local communist armed conflict to sustain its gains in the province.
“We work hard so that more rebels will surrender and we commend all our partner agencies for making it possible,” Libot said.
Awarding of the said financial assistance was done in the presence of DILG Bukidnon PD Libot, Bukidnon Governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr. and 4th Infantry Division Commander MGen. Andres C. Centino, PA.
A special meeting was also held to improve the current profiling procedure for the FRs where the committee agreed on a pilot test of a One-Stop-Shop for the profiling process to fast-track identification of capacity development needs of the FRs.
Present during the said meeting facilitated by the Landbank-Malaybalay City Branch were the the E-CLIP Committee, ESDA-Bukidnon Provincial Director Elcid H. Castillo and DTI-Bukidnon MSME Unit Head Jose D. Maureal.