Makilala, Cotabato – a total of 21 former rebels received financial assistance during the mass awarding of Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program benefits this Monday morning, October 28, 2019 at Coliseum of Davao del Sur.
Each of the former rebels received checks amounting to 15,000.00 as immediate assistance and 50,000.00 as livelihood assistance.
The former rebels are thankful for the assistance received and wholeheartedly renewed their oath of allegiance to the government.
One of the recepient is Ricardo Dayday alias AMAHAN, who surrendered 12 high powered fire arms and received remuneration amounting to almost one million pesos. He was the former Deputy Secretary of Guerilla Front 51 that was dismantled last October 2018.
“Nagapasalamat ako sa 39IB, sa tabang na gihatag nila sa akoa. Ang maong tabang, wala nako natagamatam sa panahong myembro pa ako sa armado. Gipasagdan ko nila sa panahong nagkadeperensya akong mata”, Amahan said during the interview.
Checks were formally handed over by Governor Douglas Cagas, assisted by DILG Provincial Director Remedios Baldovino, PSWDO Provincial Director Zenaida Lano, Davao Sur Police Provincial Director Police Colonel Alberto P Lupaz and 39th Infantry Battalion Commander Ltc Rhojun P Rosales INF (GSC) PA. The ceremony was also participatsd by all Department Heads of the different agencies of the province of Davao del Sur.
“This is a solid evidence that the Local Government of Davao Del Sur is sincere in ending the Local Communist Armed Conflict. We also commend these Former Rebels who are courageous enough to leave the Communist Terrorist Organisation despite the standing threat to silence them. We are grateful to the people of Davao Del Sur who untiringly provide relevant information on the disposition of the Communist Terrorist Group. We also encourage them to deliver information regarding the benefits of E-CLIP to the group, for the people are the most efficient medium of transmitting this information”, 39IB Commander,Ltc Rosales said.
The recipients were further subjected to detailed profiling in order to process additional assistance for their family specially their children.