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LAGAWE, Ifugao -- One former rebels and two mass supports who recently surrendered to the government were given financial aid in Ifugao, an official said today.

“The reintegration of the FRs in mainstream society will be monitored by the government, particularly their safety as well as those of their families,” said PD Regina Elizabeth Mammag

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.

The assistance is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s advocacy in reintegrating former rebels, Indigenous Peoples (IPs), and other special clients back to society.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Narciso Nabulneg, commander of the 54th Infantry Battalion (54IB), lauded the former rebel and the “mass supporters” for getting back to the society’s mainstream.

He urged them to continue convincing active rebels to stop the futile war they are waging.

"They have made the best decision of joining us in the mainstream society. We should continue to convince the still active NPA rebels to once and for all stop the futile war they are waging," he said.