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BAGUIO CITY— Some 63 former rebels (FRs), and 124 mass supporters to the “revolutionary movement” of the CPP/NPA/NDF in the region have received financial assistance amounting to PHP15 million as a benefit under the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

“As of today, a total of 63 FRs and 124 ‘Militia ng Bayan” were given financial assistance under the  E-CLIP program which is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s advocacy in reintegrating former rebels (FR’s) back to society, and help improve their living conditions,” said Local Government Operations Officer (LGOO) IV Trisha Marie A. Dogup, ECLIP Focal Person of the Department of the Local and Interior Government-CAR in a teleconference today.

With the PHP15 million financial assistance given, PHP2.7 million were immediate assistance; PHP2.7 million were livelihood assistance, PHP6.4 million were firearms remuneration and PHP3.2 million for reintegration assistance.

She said that the government’s commitment to deliver E-CLIP benefits will never falter, even in the advent of health crisis.

Dogup added that the reintegration of the FRs in mainstream society will be monitored by the government, particularly their safety as well as those of their families.

She also extended the invitation for other rebels still in the mountains to come down and avail of the re-integration program of government.

The DILG  as implementing agency of E-CLIP, entitles a former rebel to receive immediate assistance of PHP15,000; livelihood assistance, PHP50,000; and firearms remuneration, that is double the cost valuation of turned-in firearms;

Other assistance such as PhilHealth enrollment; registration to government entities; healing and reconciliation initiatives, shelter, legal, medical and employment assistance may be provided by partner agencies. 

A reintegration assistance of PHP21,000 is also provided to the processing/receiving unit/s for the subsistence or meal cost of FRs who have been placed under the protection of government troops while processing their other benefits under the E-CLIP. (Pamela Mariz Geminiano/DILG-CAR)