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22 Former Rebels get cash assistance from Borongan City Local Social Integration Program

Lalawigan, Borongan City- Twenty-two (22) former rebels received financial assistance from the Local Government Unit of Borongan City through its Local Social Integration Program (LSIP) on 28 January 2022 at Headquarters 78IB, Brgy Lalawigan, Borongan City, Eastern Samar.
 
The recipients of the program are composed of nineteen (19) former NPA Armed Regular and three (3) former Milisyang Bayan, who are all residents of hinterland barangays of the said city. Each recipient received fifty thousand (PhP50,000) cash from the LGU as financial assistance to start up a livelihood undertaking as they stride in going back to the mainstream society.
 
The LSIP is a peace initiative of the said LGU in partnership with the 78IB. This program sustains our peace efforts as immediate assistance to the former rebels to complement the DILG-administered benefits from the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
 
Atty Celestino A Cabato, the City Administrator, said, “The Local Government Unit of Borongan City is always ready to deliver basic social services to the less fortunate constituents and especially to our former rebels. We want you to be a role model to entice more active NPA members to surrender.
 
One of the recipients of the program is Joni, former Squad Leader of an NPA platoon said ” Ako po ay nagpapaabot ng mensahe sa rebolusyunaryong kilusan na ang alam lang natin na kung tayo ay sumoko tayo ay sasaktan o papatayin ng military. Sa likod ng mga paratang, napatunayan ko ngayun dito na hindi totoo na gagawin nila sa atin yon. Marami na kaming sumuko wala pa sa amin ni isa na binugbog, pinagbantaan, pinatay o ang mga babae ay ginagahasa. Bagkos kami ay tinutulungan para sa bagong buhay at maayos naming pamumuhay. Sa lahat naman po ng mga mga ahensya na nag bigay sa amin ng tulong nakahanda rin kaming tumulong para sa ikagaganda at mapayapang Borongan City”.
 
Colonel Oliver C. Alvior, Commanding Officer of 78th Infantry Battalion, is grateful to the Local Government Unit of Borongan City for spearheading in addressing the decades-long insurgency problem. He also encouraged the members of the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) to lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law.
 
“We assure the former NPA combatants of the government’s full support and assistance through the series of reintegration interventions and capacity building under the Local Social Integration Program (LSIP) and Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP),” Col Alvior said.

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