Tupi, South Cotabato — Thirty-three former rebels from the Province of South Cotabato received financial assistance through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) during the Awarding Ceremony for Former Rebels at Sangguniang Panlalawigan Hall, Koronadal City on July 16 2019.
This was done in the presence of E-CLIP Commette members headed by Honorable Reynaldo Tamayo Jr, Governor of South Cotabato, Provincial Social Worker and Development Office (PSWDO) headed by Mrs. Hayde M. Agustin, RSW, MPA, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Atty. Michelle Anne Viejo, Officer-in-charge Provincial Director, among others.
Through E-CLIP, the former rebels received financial assistance ranging from P15,000 to P500,000 depending on the benefits they are entitled to claim.
E-CLIP provides firearms numeration and livelihood assistance to former rebels who before pledge allegiance with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), and National Democratic Front (NDF), as well as their family members, who have surrendered to the government to abandon armed struggle and go back in the mainstream society.
As we remembered last September 2018, eight former rebels of South Cotabato turn over themselves with firearms in this unit also received their E-CLIP financial assistance.
With this, “The provincial government of South Cotabato urges for more rebels to surrender to avail E-CLIP. I would like you to convey to other rebels that there is no point to fight with the government for the government already provides basic needs like free education and free hospitalization”. Honorable Tamayo said.
“The E-CLIP offers the former rebels to start a new life. This was a lifetime opportunity to improve the quality of their lives. The 27IB widely open it’s door to those who reaching out to surrender.” Lt.Col. Jones P. Otida, Commander of 27IB said.