NEGROS OCCIDENTAL (PIA) –- By embracing the folds of the law, 27 former rebels (FRs) can now start life anew.
Twenty five of these former rebels received a total of P660,000 while two received P71,000 and P39,000 as firearms remuneration through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Negros Occidental provincial government.
E-CLIP is a government program that aims to help the rebel members of CPP-NPA-NDF and Militia ng Bayan to restore their allegiance to the government and be reintegrated back to the community.
The financial benefits intended for their development as they join the mainstream society.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and DILG – Negros Occ. Provincial Director Roselyn Quintan led the distribution of financial assistance to the FRs. They were joined by Provincial Administrator lawyer Rayfrando Diaz, 303rd Infantry Battalion commander General Inocencio Pasaporte and NOCPPO Director Colonel Leo Pamittan.
Meanwhile, the DILG-Negros Occidental disclosed during the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council regular meeting that there are 77 Local Government Support Fund - Support To Barangay Development Program (LGFS-SBDP) funded projects of the National Task Force To End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) in the province.
Of the total projects, 13 were already completed, 61 ongoing and three are under procurement in the cities of Cadiz, Escalante, Himamaylan, San Carlos and Victorias. (AAL/EAD/PIA6 Negros Occidental)