BANCASI, Butuan City – The Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) Committee of Surigao del Norte awarded in the morning of June 11, 2020, more than three (3) million pesos worth of financial assistance to thirteen (13) Former Rebels (FRs) held at Capitol Road, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.
During the Awarding Ceremony, the E-CLIP Committee of Surigao del Norte spearheaded by Hon Francisco T Matugas, Provincial Governor, together with Director Lilibeth T Famacion, Regional Director of DILG Caraga and other committee member agencies awarded the remuneration of twenty (20) surrendered firearms worth two million four thousand pesos (P2, 004, 000.00) for twelve (12) FRs and one million sixty-eight thousand pesos (P1, 068, 000.00) as Immediate Assistance worth fifteen thousand pesos (P15, 000.00) each, and Financial Assistance worth fifty thousand pesos (P50, 000.00) each, respectively, for the thirteen (13) FRs as part of the DILG financial assistance package. The activity was held at the Provincial Governor’s Office Conference Room.
Thirteen (13) FRs composed of members of Guerrilla Fronts (GFs) 16A, 16B, and 16C of North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) and GF 88 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) were the beneficiaries of said activity. They surrendered a total of twenty (20) High-Powered Firearms. These HPFAs consist of the following: six (6) AK47 rifles, four (4) M16 rifles, three (3) M4 rifles, two (2) M14 rifles, one (1) AR18 rifle, one (1) home made shotgun and three (3) M203 Grenade Launchers. The corresponding remuneration of each FAs were doubled as additional reward for those FRs who brought along with them their issued FAs upon surrender to the government troops.
One of the highlights during the ceremony was the ceremonial turnover of firearms as a symbol of the Former Rebel’s giving up the path of violence and embracing the life of peace and commitment by pledging their support and allegiance towards the government. The firearms were ceremoniously received by Provincial Director of Surigao del Norte PCol Adolph C Almendra and Lt Col Ryan Callanta, Commanding Officer of the 30th Infantry (Python) Battalion under the operational control of the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade.
Moreover, under the E-CLIP package of assistance, the FRs also received support from TESDA, Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) during the said ceremony.
Meanwhile, Governor Matugas lauded the E-CLIP Committee for exerting efforts to follow up and prepare the financial package for the FRs. He also congratulated the Philippine Army particularly the 30IB under 402nd Brigade for taking care of the FRs while waiting for the assistance from E-CLIP. He reminded the former rebels to continuously live peacefully with their families and become responsible and productive members of the community as they go back to the mainstream society.
Also, Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, Commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade, said “We are indeed glad that the FRs already received the assistance under the E-CLIP. We fervently hope that they will use the money wisely to start their new life with their families free from violence and uncertainty. We call on the remaining CNTs to value their lives and not waste on a rotten ideology that has no relevance. We will continuously pursue peace and development amidst the pandemic crisis. We urge them to take advantage of the government’s reintegration program and avail the E-CLIP until it’s available or else suffer the consequences, “either be captured or killed in battle.”