MAKILALA, COTABATO – Twenty-two (22) Former Rebels (FRs) received Immediate and Livelihood Assistance as well as Firearms Remuneration through the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) on May 23, 2022 at Provincial Capitol Grounds, Digos City, Davao del Sur.
The FRs received Php 15,000.00 Immediate Assistance and Php 50,000.00 Livelihood Assistance while four (4) of them received a total amount of Php 100,000.00 Firearms Remuneration.
Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) provides venues and opportunities for involved surrenderees to be taught and facilitated with various activities and undertakings to guide them for their renewed lives. ECLIP offers financial assistance for FRs to be used on small-scale business investment; Reintegration and deradicalization sessions to instill nationalistic and civic welfare values; and Livelihood programs for enduring and sustainability of the instilled trainings and workshops.
Alyas Jessy is very happy and fulfilled of the support that he received from the program. He said, “This will be of great help for us to restart our lives and become responsible citizens of this country. I know that the process will be hard, but with the help of the government, I’m sure all of us can really achieve peaceful lives.”
As of today, the government continues to encourage our friends from other side to surrender and be part of a growing and progressing Philippines. Conflict will not be a solution to achieving peace and development, that is why the government and other peacekeeping institutions always promote unity through collaboration and peace initiatives.
Prior to the activity, said FRs have undergone three-month Tupad Pangako Program (TPP) that includes De-radicalization, Alternative Learning System, Skills Development Program, and Livelihood and Spiritual Programs that aim to provide all-out government assistance and resources for former rebels (FRs) to create an impact on their lives to ensure their complete reintegration and transformation into self-reliant, law-abiding, and productive members of the society. Through these initiatives, they will truly be formidable partners of the government in promoting just and lasting peace, national reconciliation and unity.