Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary, Atty. Benjamin C. Abalos, Jr. graced the Awarding Ceremony of Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) Beneficiaries to 199 Former Rebels on October 5, 2022 at Datu Lipus Makapandong Cultural Center, Gov. D. O. Plaza Government Center, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.
Checks were awarded to a total of 199 former rebels – 169 from Agusan del Sur; 4 from Agusan del Norte; 24 from Surigao del Norte; and 2 from Butuan City. Institutionalized to help former members of the CPP- NPA-NDF and the Militia ng Bayan restore their allegiance to the Philippine government, the ECLIP provides financial benefits such as immediate assistance, livelihood assistance, firearms remuneration and reintegration support to aid former insurgents back into their communities.
” Merong tayong pamahalaan. Ito ang sumbungan ninyo. Ang pamahalaan na dapat tumugon sa inyo. Yan ang pamahalaan ni Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr.,” said Secretary Abalos as the ECLIP financial assistance was distributed to the beneficiaries. He also assured the former rebels that we have a caring government as various agencies do their parts in strengthening peace and order efforts through a whole-of- government approach.
DILG Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion, CESO III administered the Oath Taking or “Panunumpa sa Pagsuporta sa Gobyerno” of Former Rebels. Director Famacion also welcomed the former rebels to a new peaceful life and reminded them to make full use of all the assistance provided by the government and embrace a peaceful life with their families and loved ones.
Highlighting the milestones of the Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP) implementation, a ceremonial turnover of the 27 SBDP Projects in the province of Agusan del Sur was also held led by Secretary Abalos.
The SBDP is the hallmark program of the NTF-ELCAC with the end goal of bringing peace and development to the former Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) conflict-affected and geographically isolated communities.