BONTOC, Mountain Province -- Three former rebels, who recently returned to mainstream society, received P50,000 each as livelihood assistance from the National Government’s Comprehensive Local Integration Program (Clip).
The former rebels were also provided with socio economic interventions, capability building activities and livelihood trainings conducted by Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.
Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr. urged the former rebels to properly utilize the financial aid as this will help them start and improve their lives and challenged them to support all initiatives of sustaining peace and prosperity in the province.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Director Anthony Ballug said the government, especially the local government units, are ready to provide assistance to rebels who opt to lay down their arms and live peacefully in the community.
Constant life on the run, hardship of life in the hills and the ever possibility of being killed are among the reasons the surrenderers decided to return to the folds of the law.
To date, the DILG provincial office reported that 17 former rebels availed of the P15,000 immediate financial assistance and the P50,000 worth livelihood assistance from the government.
CLIP focuses on the integration of members of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army, who decide to abandon armed struggle and rejoin mainstream society.
Cash incentives will also be given to rebels who will surrender their firearms.