MALITA, Davao Occidental — Thirty-one (31) former members of New People’s Army (NPA) who surrendered to 73rd Infantry Battalion (73IB), received a total of ₱615,000.00 immediate assistance, livelihood assistance and firearms remuneration from the Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and Provincial Assistance from the Province of Davao Occidental during the 4th Araw ng Davao Occidental Governor’s Night held at Agri-Trade Center, Brgy Felis, Malita, Davao Occidental on October 28, 2019.
In a simple awarding ceremony, members of E-CLIP Committee, Provincial Director Debie T. Torres of DILG, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office Officer Esterlita B. Hermosisima, RSW, and Lt. Col. Ronaldo G. Valdez,Commander 73IB handed-in checks to three (3) former rebels amounting to ₱15,000.00 each as cash assistance, ₱50,000 each for livelihood, and a total of ₱140,000 for firearms remuneration. Meanwhile, the other twenty-eight (28) former rebels were awarded with provincial assistance worth ₱10,000.00 each.
This is one of the positive impacts of the “Balik Loob Program” in line with President Duterte’s Whole-of-Nation approach under Executive Order No. 70 to attain inclusive and sustainable peace by creating a national taskforce to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC). Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program or E-CLIP is also a national program of the government that seeks to contribute toward achieving the goal of permanent and peaceful closure of armed conflicts and non-state armed groups, particularly the NPA’s.