241 ex-Reds in Davao Oriental get aid from gov’t

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Some 241 former communist rebels from Davao Oriental have received livelihood assistance and undergone skills training program, military said.

The Task Force “Balik Loob” awarded the Enhance Comprehensive Localized Integration Program ( E-CLIP ) to the rebel returnees in a ceremony on July 11 at the Provincial Happy Home of Davao Oriental in Don Martin Marundan, Mati City, Davao Oriental, Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) said.

The E-CLIP is being implemented under the Task Force “Balik Loob,” headed by Undersecretary Reynaldo Mapagu of the Department of National Defense.

It is an offshoot of the Administrative Order No. 10 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on April 10, 2018, converging the Comprehensive Localized Integration Program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and programs of interventions of various government agencies to former rebels to prepare them to be integrated in the mainstream society.

The E-CLIP was piloted by the 701st Infantry Brigade under Brig. Gen. Reuben Basiao by converging existing program of the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental through their Happy Home, and the other government interventions to former rebels who surrendered to his subordinate units.

The Happy Home in Davao Oriental is the only facility in the whole country which houses and caters to former rebels undergoing rehabilitation and training in preparation of their reintegration to the mainstream society.

As of July 11, 45 of 241 former rebels have already received a National Certification II from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) after finishing the Skill Development Training (carpentry, welding and massage therapist) intended for them.

All the 241 former Maoist members were also enrolled in the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Livelihood Program.

Other interventions may include PhilHealth enrolment, housing, legal assistance and other social intervention, EastMinCom said. #