DAVAO DEL NORTE — About 30 rebel returnees received monetary assistance through the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the government.
The former members of the New People’s Ar-my (NPA) were given a total of 65,000 cash assistance to build their livelihood as they start a new life.
In his message, Governor Rodolfo del Rosario expressed his joy the former rebels decided to return to the fold of the law.
“Gusto kong ipaabot kaninyo nga ang atong provincial government andam nga mohatag ug hinabang para (The province is always ready to help so that) you can come back to your normal life, back into the folds of the law,” the governor said.
Two of the beneficiaries gave their grateful response, conveying their appreciation to the government for giving them the opportunity to lead a normal life after spen-ding years in the revolutionary movement.
“Gihatagan jud nila ug dakong pagtagad ang mga former rebels nga nagbag-o sa kinabuhi. Kini nga kwarta dako kaayo’g tabang alang sa panginabuhian sa akong pamilya (The aid is really a big help to have a livelihood for my family)” said Alias Alvin.
Alvin is an electronic technician before joining the rebel group. He decided to surrender to pursue his calling as a pastor.
“Dako nga tabang kining gihatag sa gobyerno kay akoa ni e-negosyo ug sari-sari store (I will use this assistance to put up a store)” added Alias Jane, who joined the armed group for about a year.
CLIP is a program under the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process which aims to give customized package and livelihood assistance to facilitate mains-treaming of former rebels as productive citizens.(pio)