Friday, June 26, 2020

TFBL Chair checks on E-CLIP implementation, TIKAS Projects in 7th Infantry Division

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 26, 2020): TFBL Chair checks on E-CLIP implementation, TIKAS Projects in 7th Infantry Division (By DND)

In his dialogue with former rebels under the supervision of 7th Infantry Division, Chairperson of Task Force Balik-Loob, DND Undersecretary Reynaldo Mapagu assures them of other benefits offered by E-CLIP such as housing and livelihood assistance. (Photo from DND)

QUEZON CITY, June 26 -- Department of National Defense Undersecretary Reynaldo B. Mapagu, Chairperson of Task Force Balik-Loob and also the Co-Champion for the DND-DPWH Convergence Projects or the TIKAS Program (Tatag ng Imprastruktura para sa Kapayapaan at Seguridad) visited the Headquarters of the 7th Infantry Division commanded by MGen Alfredo V Rosario AFP, in Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija on June 25, 2020 to discuss the latest status of the implementation of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program or E-CLIP, as well as updates on several TIKAS Projects in the said camp.

The 7th Infantry Division briefed USec. Mapagu on the status of E-CLIP implementation within its area of operations, which covers the entire Regions I and III, and some parts of Abra in CAR. They also aired their issues and concerns regarding the procedure in handling former rebels with legal concerns, and construction of halfway houses in Region III. Additionally, they presented updates on the status of various Tikas Projects located in Fort Magsaysay, such as the new Administration Building for the 7th Infantry Division, a hangar for the Army Aviation Regiment, and barracks for Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) and Light Reaction Regiment. 

Undersecretary Reynaldo Mapagu conducts an ocular inspection on the several TIKAS Convergence Projects within Fort Ramon Magsaysay, along with MGen Alfredo Rosario, Commander of 7th Infantry Division and representatives from DPWH Region III and unit end-users. (Photo from DND)

During his visit, USec. Mapagu took part in a dialogue with some former rebels under the care of the various units of the 7th Infantry Division. One of these former rebels testified that he was recruited by the New People’s Army (NPA) from Surigao del Sur, and was brought in Northern Luzon to reinforce NPA units operating in the Sierra Madre mountain range, while another former rebel shared that she was recruited at the very young age of 14. USec. Mapagu assured them that the Task Force Balik-Loob will continue to assist them in their reintegration, as well as provide other forms of assistance under the E-CLIP, such as housing and livelihood projects. Usec Mapagu also conducted an ocular inspection on different TIKAS Projects within Fort Ramon Magsaysay, accompanied by MGen Rosario and representatives from the DPWH Region III and different unit end-users. (DND)

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