CASH AID. Bataan Governor Albert Garcia (left) joins former members of the New People's Army in a group photo after as he gives them financial assistance of PHP10,000 each on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Philippine Army's 7th Infantry Division)
FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija -- Nine former members of the Marxist-Leninist Party of the Philippines - Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan (MLPP-RHB) from the province of Bataan who surrendered to the Philippine Army’s 48th Infantry (Guardians) Battalion (IB) received financial assistance on Tuesday.
Brig. Gen. Lenard T. Agustin, acting commander of the Army’s 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, said Wednesday that Bataan Governor Albert Garcia awarded the PHP10,000 aid to each of the surrenderers.
Agustin said the former rebels brought with them one improvised M14 rifle with 26 live ammunition, two caliber .38 revolvers with 13 live ammunition and one hand grenade when they surrendered at one of the patrol bases of the 48th IB on November 26, 2018.
He said the granting of cash assistance to the former rebels is through the initiative of the 48th IB under the leadership of its commanding officer, Lt. Col. Arnel B. Cabugon.
He, however, clarified that the cash assistance awarded is also an initiative of the provincial government of Bataan and excluded from the Enhance Comprehensive Localized Integration Program (E-CLIP) benefits.
“The awarding of financial assistance is just first of the many benefits that the former rebels will enjoy. I call on the rebels who are still in the mountains to lay down your arms and be with your families. The 7th ID is always open to help you go back to the folds of the government,” Agustin said in a media interview.
The E-CLIP program extends reintegration assistance, firearm remuneration livelihood assistance, housing, conditional transitional grant, livelihood materials and implements or employment assistance, access to government service, loan and market access, medical assistance, alternative learning system, psychosocial assistance, college tuition and stipend, and legal assistance to rebels who return to the fold of the law. (PNA)