Seven (7) former rebels benefitted thru the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) during the awarding conducted by the Provincial CLIP Committee
The Provincial CLIP Committee headed by its Chairman and the National President of the League of Provinces of the Philippines, Governor Luis Ryan V. Singson, conducted a ceremonial awarding of cheques to, (7) former rebel beneficiaries whose names cannot be disclosed publicly for security purposes on January 16, 2018 at the Governor’s Hall, Provincial Capitol, Vigan City graced by the presence of Regional Director James F. Fadrilan, CESO III, OIC-Provincial Director Virgilio P. Sison, CESE, Col. Henry A. Robinson Jr.INF (MNSA) PA who is the commander of the 702nd Infantry Brigade, Lt. Eugenio Julio C. Osias IV INF (GSC) PA who is the commanding officer of the 81st Infantry Battalion and PSSUPT. Jovencio S. Badua Jr., the Provincial Director of the Police Provincial Office.
“As of this date since the first release of funds for Ilocos Sur beneficiaries on November 2015, we are ro have 27 recipients of the initial and livelihood assistance and firearm remunerations aimed to reintegrate them to their respective communities and have a normal life with their families”, said Regional Director James F. Fadrilan, CESO III.
Col. Henry A. Robinson Jr. INF (MNSA) PA, appreciated the continuous support of the government to all the undertakings of the AFP especially the existence of the CLIP that of which to abate the insurgency to all areas. “AmBisyonNatin 2040 which represents the collective long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino people for themselves and for the country in the next 25 years can only be attained if and only if all stakeholders will collaborate and unify to especially aid the marginalized group”, he said.
Hon. Ryan V. Singson, in his message, expressed his gratitude to host the activity and encourage all attendees to partake I the attainment of a dream to be the first Province to be declared as an Insurgency Free Province. There were 1.4 million tourists who visited the City of Vigan alone in 2017 and being lauded as a peaceful and insurgency free province is an excellent contributor to market the various products of the 34 cities and municipalities in Ilocos Sur especially the products of upland municipalities”, he said.
The CLIP seeks to contribute toward achieving the goal of a permanent and peaceful closure of all armed conflicts with non-state armed groups specifically to facilitate the mainstreaming of Former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels as productive citizens, enhance the capacities of LGUs and National Government Agencies (NGAs) in the implementation and sustainability of the CLIP, and compensate and remunerate all turned-in firearms including those coming from the Militia Ng Bayan (MB). (LGOO II Gay B. Mati)