Former 'reds' granted financial aid thru CLIP

Another milestone in the implementation of the cComprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) under the Joint Memorandum Circular of the DILG and the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Peace Process (OPAPP) took place, as 10 former New People's Army (NPA) rebels, 8 from the Province of Abra and two (2) from the Province of Ilocos Sur who enrolled in the program were awarded financial assistance thru the DILG as provided for in the circular.

No less than the Provincial Governor of Ilocos Sur Hon. Ryan V. Singson, assisted by DILG Regional Director James F. Fadrilan handed the checks to the said Former Rebels (FRs) last February 8, 2017 at the Office of the Provincial Governor of Ilocos Sur.Six (6) of the 10 mentioned FRs surrendered their own firearms which include two (2) defaced Caliber 5.56 (M16) rifle, a Caliber 45 home made "paltik", three (3) vintage firearms, Caliber 30 Springfield (M1903), US rifle M1 Garand and Caliber, 30 US carbine. Each enrollee is entitled to an initial assistance of P15,000.00, livelihood assistance of P50,000.00 and firearms remuneration which vary depending on the valuation cost of those that were turned in. Governor Singson, in his message, said that this government program which aims on reintegrating FRs in the community is so far one of the best that he has participated. He extended his gratitude to the DILG, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and other related agencies for their collective contribution in the process of achieving a permanent and peaceful closure of armed conflict towards the attainment of lasting peace in the country.

Regional Director Fadrilan, on his part, reiterated the continued support of DILG in the implementation of different peace development endeavors. He expressed his appreciation to the FRs for their willingness in joining their communities and become productive citizens. On the other hand, Major General de Leon narrated that there are no winners in war and he encouraged the FRs to join the Armed Forces and be with them in serving the country now that they decided to embrace the government as their own.

Present during the awarding were Major General Angelito M. de Leon, Division Commander of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division; Coronel Milfredo M. Melegrito, 702nd Infantry (Defender) Brigade Commander; Lieutenant Coronel Eugenio Julio C. Osias IV, Battalion Commander of the 81st Infantry (Spartan) Battalion; PSSupt Rey de Peralta, Acting Provincial Director of Ilocos Sur PPO; other officers and members of the AFP; OIC-Provincial Director (OIC-PD) of Ilocos Sur Roger P. Daquioag; former PD of Ilocos Sur Paulino G. Lalata, Jr.; and other DILG provincial staff and local officials. (LGOO V Marjorie D. Abaya)

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