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Published: Saturday, 14 September 2013

 

Camp Gen. Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City – THREE former rebels were integrated Saturday into the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) under the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) of Palawan. 

Philippine Army Lt. Col. Emmanuel Canilla, civil military operations chief of the Western Command, in a conference with stakeholders, said the former rebels were the third batch of group who were integrated into the CLIP.

Canilla said the former rebels will receive cash assistance along with trainings and seminars and other assistance such as livelihood, PhilHealth and scholarships grant especially for their children.

 

“The former rebels have surrendered years before and that they have been processed by the PPOC along with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). They will also undergo trainings and seminars with the cooperatives and will be given livelihood projects,” he said.

Canilla said that under the CLIP, the former rebels were taught how to use and manage their money and prevent them from returning to their past life as rebels.

“The second important component is that we prepare the community where they would live through the conduct of seminars to the leaders and the civil society and a briefing to the entire community,” he said.

Related to this, the PPOC is set to continue its project in creating a “halfway house” intended for the former rebels to stay where seminars will be conducted before allowing them to return to their community.

Canilla said the stakeholders, led by Palawan governor Jose Ch. Alvarez, the PPOC chief, are willing to provide resources to the rebel returnees. The stakeholders conference was attended by chiefs or a representative from PhilHealth, Iwahig Penal Farm, TESDA, DepEd, Palawan State University, Western Philippines University, PSWD, CSWD, and others. ––END 

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