DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur (DWDD) – Twenty-four (24) former members of New People’s Army (NPA) who surrendered to 73rd Infantry Battalion (73IB) received a total of ₱305,000.00 immediate assistance from the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) and Provincial Assistance from the Province of Davao del Sur during the flag raising ceremony held at the Provincial Coliseum, Davao del Sur on December 12, 2016.
In a simple awarding ceremony, Hon. Douglas Cagas, Governor of Davao del Sur and Chairman of CLIP Committee, Provincial Director Remedios Baldovino of DILG, Department of Social and Welfare Development Office Officer Geraldine Lano and 1Lt. Edgar Oliva, Alpha Company Commander, 73IB handed-in the check of immediate assistance worth ₱15,000.00 each to thirteen (13) former rebels and provincial assistance worth ₱10,000.00 each to eleven (11) former rebels.
Aside from the CLIP immediate assistance, the awardees will also receive a livelihood assistance worth ₱50,000.00 each in the coming weeks. Moreover, the eleven (11) former rebels awarded with ₱10,000.00 provincial assistance is still waiting for their CLIP requirements to be processed.
Based on records, a total of 103 former rebels from Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental and Sarangani Province have already surrendered to 73IB since last year; 75 of which already received immediate and livelihood assistance worth ₱65,000.00 each with sum amount of ₱4,875,000.00. The rest are under process and others did not qualify to the requirements of the program. Another ₱1,300,000.00 CLIP assistance was also awarded last year to twenty (20) former rebels who surrendered to the unit from 2013-2014.
CLIP is a national program of the government that seeks to contribute toward achieving the goal of permanent and peaceful closure of armed conflicts and non-state armed groups, particularly the NPA’s.
“The livelihood assistance awarded to the former rebels (FRs) is a successful collaborative effort of the provincial government, PNP-Davao del Sur and 73IB in support to the unit’s mission and government’s effort of permanent and peaceful closure of all armed conflict in the country” Lt. Col. Babac said. 73IB / MCAG