MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, Aug. 24 (PIA)—The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Bukidnon released another round of Livelihood and Immediate Assistance worth P1,720,000 to 38 former rebels (FRs) through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), August 13 at Kaamulan Folk Arts Theater, Malaybalay City.
This is shortly after the release of P2.5 million-worth of assistance to 67 former rebels in Bukidnon, July 20—sustaining efforts in providing a complete package of assistance benefitting ex-rebels and their families.
“We really want to fast-track this effort so that we could provide all the necessary assistance to our former rebels the soonest time possible, despite this pandemic,” said DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe.
With the E-CLIP providing financial assistance to those rebels who are willing to surrender, Agabe said now is the best time to return to the folds of law and start a new life.
The E-CLIP financial assistance is one of the strategies of the “Whole-of-Nation Approach” to end local communist armed conflict which aims to address the root causes of insurgency and other armed conflicts and threats by prioritizing and harmonizing the delivery of basic services and social development packages by the government.
With this, DILG Bukidnon Provincial Director Carmelo Enrique B. Libot pledges the continued support of the DILG to end local communist armed conflict and sustain its gains in the province.
“We aim for more rebels to surrender and we commend all our partner agencies for making all of these possible,” he said.
Checks were awarded by Bukidnon Gov. Jose Maria R. Zubiri, Jr, together with DILG PD Libot and 4th Infantry Division Commander Major General Andres Centino of the Philippine Army.
Further, along with the encashment of checks of the FRs, as facilitated by Landbank-Malaybalay City Branch, is a meeting with the E-CLIP Committee and TESDA-Bukidnon Provincial Director Elcid H. Castillo and DTI-Bukidnon MSME Unit Head Jose D. Maureal to improve the current profiling procedure for the FRs.
The committee agreed to have a pilot testing activity where the profiling process will be a One-Stop-Shop for other agencies to determine the needs of the FRs to be capacitated.
Also discussed are the status of the Halfway House construction and its operational manual; avenues in accessing assistance in the civil registration and issuance of identification cards of FRs; reconciliation of the correct spelling of names of FR in the JAPIC and profiling/enrollment forms; actions taken for the fast-tracking of the valuation of surrendered firearms; and plans of the remaining E-CLIP funds still with DILG-Bukidnon. (DILG Bukidnon/PIA Bukidnon)