- Written by LGOO II Aniano Ray F. Franco
- Category: News and Updates
- Published: 14 June 2016
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A Former Rebel (FR) from the Municipality of Tubungan, Iloilo was given two checks amounting to P 65, 000.00 by Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. of the Iloilo Provincial Government on March 31, 2016. This is part of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) under the present government’s efforts to address the insurgency situation in the country. Governor Defensor is the chair of the CLIP Committee in the Province of Iloilo.
Out of the total amount, Php 50, 000 was earmarked for livelihood and another Php 15,000 for immediate assistance in order for the said recipient to integrate in the mainstream society after several years of being with the rebel armed group.
The Integration Programis based on Executive Order No. 3, series of 2001, which calls for the pursuit of a comprehensive, integrated and holistic peace process in addressing the internal armed conflicts and the root causes involved, among others. The same Order provides for the implementation of programs to address the legal status and security of returnees (former rebels), as well as community-based assistance to respond to their economic, social and psychological rehabilitation needs.
To additionally support the programs for the returnees and give them opportunity to return in the fold of law, a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2014-01 dated May 15, 2014, was issued by the Office of the Presidential Assistance on Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). The JMC institutionalized the implementation of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) as a national reintegration program for former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, complementing local efforts of the LGUs. The program applies to regular members of the NPA who have expressed the desire to abandon armed violence and it covers former rebels who surfaced from 2011 and those who have not received full assistance under the defunct Social Integration Program (SIP).
Also present during the distribution are representatives from the 301st Brigade of the Philippine Army, Provincial Director of DILG-Iloilo, TeodoraSumagaysay, LGOO V Laura Lyn Cabarga (CLIP Focal Person), PSWDO NenethPador and Pastor Romero as representative from the Civil Society Organization (CSO). (LGOO II Aniano Ray F. Franco, DILG6-Iloilo)