Bukidnon former rebels receive P2.53M government aid
MALAYBALAY CITY (July 23) Sixty-Seven (67) former rebels from Bukidnon have received total cash benefits worth P2.532 million from the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the national government.
Engr. Carmelo Enrique B. Libot, provincial director of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), said this is the second time they released E-CLIP benefits to beneficiaries in the province this year. Nine former rebels were given E-CLIP benefits in March 2020.
Each former rebel received P15, 000 as immediate assistance. The government also provided P50, 000 livelihood assistance to 30 of the 67 former rebels. Four of them also received cash for firearm remuneration.
The awarding ceremony was held at the Kaamulan Folk Arts Theatre, this city on July 20.
The DILG-Bukidnon posted in its FB account on July 20 that “the collaboration of government agencies as an effort to capacitate the Former Rebels in getting back to the mainstream to become productive citizens had resulted to the identification of the needs of Former Rebels such as TESDA and DTI Skills Training, ALS Education, Employment, and eligibility to avail Housing Program of the NHA”.
Col. Ferdinand T. Barandon, commander of 403rd Brigade said the recent batch is composed of top commanders of the New People’s Army (NPA), combatants and “Militia ng Bayan”.
He said they surrendered to the three battalions under the 403rd Brigade, the 88th Infantry Battalion, the 8th Infantry Battalion and 1st Special Forces Battalion. He added that the former rebels surrendered since 2018 up to this year.
Barandon said the distributed immediate assistance, livelihood assistance and firearm remuneration form part of a package of E-CLIP benefits.
Officials from the provincial government and the police also attended the ceremony. (Mel B. Madera)
PHOTO: The awarding ceremonies on July 20, 2020 at the Folk Arts Theater in Malaybalay City. Courtesy of DILG-Bukidnon FB Account