CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental- A total of eighty-three (83) Former Rebels (FRs) received financial assistance amounting to Php 420,000 from Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) Misamis Oriental during an awarding ceremony held at Headquarters 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion (58IB), Sitio Migbanday, Poblacion, CLaveria, Misamis Oriental last November 16, 2020.
The awarding was graced by Hon. Yevgeny Vincente Emano, Provincial Governor of Misamis Oriental, and was attended by Mr. Jhunleymar Abella, Office-In-Charge of PSWD Misamis Oriental.
The financial assistance is a benefit under the Enhanced Comprehensive and Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) which is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s advocacy in reintegrating the FRs back to the mainstream society and help improves their living conditions.
Each of the 83 beneficiaries received a cash worth of Php 5,000 which could eventually help them to start a small business that is for the improvement of their lives to help in community and nation-building. With this, the beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to the government for remaining sincere in helping those who became victims of the lies and deception of the communist terrorist groups.
Marita Mandokita alias Bae Maputi said, “Nagpasalamat ko sa gobyerno karon nga nakadawat kami sa grabe nga hinabang kanamo. Wala ko magdahom tungod sa akong paglihok sa kabukiran, wala kong magdahom nga makatagamtam kami sa dako nga hinabang sa pagtabang sa among gobyerno.” (I would like to thank the government because we have received so much assistance from them. I did not expect that despite joining the terrorist group, we would enjoy and receive numerous assistance.)
Mga kaigsoonan kung naa pa kamo sa kabukiran, ang akong ikaaghat sa inyo nga balik gyud mo sa atong sabakan tungod kay dili diay sayon nga kung naa ta sa kabukiran, wala tay katagamtaman nga maayo pero kung dinhi ta sa sabakan sa gobyerno naa gyud ang tanan nga tabang nga ibukbuk ka nato ug unsa pa man ang atong pangitaon nga sakto man ang atong kahimtang,” she added.
(To my brothers and sisters who are still in the mountains, I encourage you to lay down your arms and return to the folds of the law because life in the mountain is not easy, you are just wasting your lives, unlike here in government that we have all the help and assistance we need. We are in a good situation so what are we looking for?)
Meanwhile, Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano said, “Peace cannot be achieved through armed struggle, it can be achieved through the cooperation of every citizen of this country. Cooperate with the government, talk with the government, and listen to each other’s issues and concerns so that problems of every community will be resolved, and insurgency would be prevented.”
In his message, Lt. Col. Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB said, “The government’s commitment to deliver E-CLIP benefits will pursue even during this COVID-19 pandemic. We believe that this will give more reasons for the remaining members of the NPA to surrender. Moreover, the Army will continue to work hand in hand with other government agencies to help facilitate and fast track the delivery of benefits intended for the former rebels.”