DISARM. As initial part of his reintegration process, the rebel returnee surrenders his firearm to Gov. Joseph C. Cua, alongside DILG Provincial Dir. Uldarico S. Razal, Jr., and AFP 902nd Brigade Commander Peale Jon L. Bondoc.
It took eight years for Ka Andres (not his real alias) to return from the mountains to the folds of law. Voluntarily surrendering his firearm to authorities, the 27-year-old rebel returnee is now preparing to begin his new life in the mainstream society, backed with various assistances from government agencies.
VIRAC, Catanduanes – A former rebel surrendered his firearm to Governor Joseph C. Cua in a ceremonial turnover at the Provincial Capitol Conference Room on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
The turnover ceremony is part of the Task Force Balik-Loob under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), a centerpiece program of the government’s localized peace process, which integrates and consolidates the benefits and services of all national and local agencies and local government units for former rebels and their families.
In his testimony, the rebel returnee shared some stories of his plight. A native of San Miguel, Catanduanes, he was not able to attend school and was orphaned at a young age. He worked as an abaca farmer before he was recruited in the communist group.
Receiving an initial P15,000 cash assistance from the governor and another P15,000 from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the former rebel will also receive numerous benefits from key government agency partners.
HOMECOMING HARVEST. The rebel returnee receives P15,000 cash assistance from DILG under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), and another P15,000 from the provincial governor. Many other forms of assistances are in-store for him under the said program.
These include reintegration assistance, firearm remuneration, livelihood assistance, housing, conditional transitional grant, livelihood materials and implements or employment assistance, access to government service, loan and market access, medical assistance, alternative learning system, psychosocial assistance, college tuition and stipend, and legal assistance.
Governor Cua congratulated the rebel returnee for his courage in embracing the government and the rule of law.
He underscored the importance of peace-and-order situation in the development of the community.
“Peace and order in the province is vital in its development and progress. Kung magulo ang ating probinsiya, walang investor na maglalakas-loob na mag-invest dito,” he said.
To signify institutional support for the program, Governor Cua signed Executive Order No. 42, series of 2018 which constitutes the E-CLIP committee in the provincial level.
Copy of the Executive Order No. 42, series of 2018, as signed by Gov. Joseph C. Cua on Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Headed by the governor, the committee also include its co-chairman, Brigader Commander Bondoc; and member-representatives; Ms. Ma. Rosella N. Taraya (PSWDO), Dir. Uldarico S. Razal (DILG – Catanduanes), PS/Insp. Jonathan O. Panganiban (PNP Catanduanes) and Rev. Fr. Renato Dela Rosa (CSO).
The committee shall function to ensure the convergent effort in the delivery of the identified services of the E-CLIP, among others.
The local chief executive also lauded the commitment of agencies in peace efforts and their pledged assistance.
“Siguro this time, dahil localized na ang programa natin, mas magiging effective ito,” Governor Cua said.
Meanwhile, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 902nd Brigade Commander Peale Jon L. Bondoc assured rebels planning to surrender of security and safety, along with the dedicated assistance of the police and armed forces and inter-agency support, in their reintegration process.
He also explained the mechanism of E-CLIP, stressing that the program does not only cater to the armed rebels, but also Militia ng Bayan members and rebel supporters.
However, he clarified that a validation process is also done before being enrolled to the program.
“Based sa mga interview natin doon sa mga bumaba na, marami pa tayong mga kapatid na nandoon pa na gusto na ring bumaba, kaso hindi nila alam kung papan-o at natatakot sila,” he said.
The E-CLIP is a whole-of-nation approach to end the cycle of violence brought by insurgency, he furthered.
He urged support from government and private agencies, especially media partners to help in disseminating information on the program.
“We cannot do this without your help,” he stressed.
Also present in the ceremony and pledged their support are: Provincial Dir. Uldarico S. Razal, Jr. (DILG); Dr. Franchetta Panti (Provincial Health Office); Lilibeth I. Pabico (Department of Health); Dr. Maria Zaila B. Romero (PhilHealth); Ms. Nelia B. Teves (Office of the Provincial Agriculturist); Krizia Elaine N. Aldea and Salome V. Panti (PSWDO); Provincial Dir. Elpidio Tuboro (TESDA); Batallion Commander Tommy A. Deliva; Company Commander Danray G. Mirafuenter; and PSupt. Eymard Z. Gomez.
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