Thursday, March 26, 2015

CLIP being strengthened to encourage former rebels to return to mainstream society

From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 25): CLIP being strengthened to encourage former rebels to return to mainstream society

Notwithstanding the existing Social Integration Program (SIP), another program is being strengthened to encourage former rebels to surface and avail the incentives intended for them to start new lives and be a productive part of the society.

Entitled Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP), the program has so far benefited two rebel returnees from Calinog, Iloilo.

They were Michael Chiva, 24, and Marcendo Caro, 41, both of Calinog, Iloilo. Their cash benefit worth P50,000 each was personally received by them during the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting at the Capitol last February.

"Under the program, former rebels are enticed to surface and be a part of the mainstream society as productive citizens," said DILG-Iloilo head Teodora Sumagaysay.

On Tuesday, implementing agencies such as provincial DILG of Iloilo the Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) conducted a capacity building for key providers on CLIP. They are the chiefs of police, municipal social welfare and development officers, municipal local government operations officers.

Sumagaysay said they discussed about the process and benefits of the former rebels once they decide to go back to the fold of law. The CLIP program started over a year ago.

Sumagaysay said former rebels will receive a total of P65,000 cash as benefit which comprises P15,000 immediate assistance for them to process their IDs and other important documents and P50,000 as livelihood assistance.

Like SIP, CLIP's financial aid to former rebels is provided by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

The intent/sincerity of the former rebels to return to the society will go through an authentication phase by the Joint Armed forces and police intelligence committee (JAFPIC).

Sumagaysay added that corresponding price for each firearm to be surrendered by former rebel also awaits them.

Under firearms valuation, each surrendered firearm has an equivalent price not exceeding P50,000.

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