PRESS RELEASE FROM 203rd INFANTRY BRIGADE, PA
ORIENTAL MINDORO – Six former communist rebels in the Island of Mindoro have received a total of three hundred ninety thousand pesos (390,000.00) from the government under the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP). Former Rebels wearing “PEACE” T-shirts, received P65,000 each during a ceremony attended by Governor Alfonso V Umali Jr at the Filipiniana Hotel, Calapan City on Jan 10.
“You already have a reason to start a changed life, a good one. Never again support or participate in any form of armed struggle,” Governor Umali said in his message to the former rebels.
CLIP focuses on the integration of members of the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army and National Democratic Front, who decide to abandon the armed struggle and rejoin mainstream society. Under this program, rebels who surrender to the government with their firearms are given monetary assistance of P15,000 and livelihood assistance of P50,000. Trainings and technical support are also accorded to them and their dependents to ensure sustainable development.
Implementation of CLIP is based on Joint Memorandum Circular dated May 15, 2014, between the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.
Brigadier General Antonio G Parladė Jr., Commander of the 203rd Brigade of the Philippine Army, lauded the local government, partner agencies and subordinate units for jointly facilitating the release of the assistance to the former rebels. “Out of the 6 CLIP beneficiaries, 2 are Mangyans, the indigenous people of Mindoro. These former rebels are our brothers, they were just victims, deceived and betrayed by this terrorist group,” BGen Parladė said.
Also present during the awarding of the cash assistance were Karl Caesar R. Rimando, ARD-DILG MIMAROPA, PSSUPT Christopher C Birung, PD-Or Min PPO and Juanito D Olave Jr, PD-DILG Or Min.
Source Halcon Star Online, 2018-01-11 08:28:00