The government has granted P7.6 million worth of financial assistance to 118 former rebels who surrendered in Mindanao, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Thursday.
Undersecretary for Peace and Order Bernardo Florece Jr. said the rebel returnees who received the aid under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E- CLIP) came from the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani.
Each of the beneficiaries was provided with immediate assistance worth P15,000 and a livelihood assistance worth P50,000, which were granted during two separate awarding ceremonies in South Cotabato.
“It is very important to provide the rebel returnees with the necessary assistance to give them a kickstart in reintegrating to the mainstream society where they belong,” Florece said.
E-CLIP is locally-driven, managed and implemented program which veers away from the past practice of pre-packaged interventions designed at the national level. Instead, it responds to the circumstances, needs, and concerns of former rebels through the provision of assistance and seeks to consider their basic rights and situations as men and women.
Florece said that of the 118 rebel returnees, 106 of them are from Sultan Kudarat and 12 are from Sarangani.