Former Rebels Set to Enjoy Benefits from “Enhanced CLIP”

With the government setting benefits for former rebels, more members of the Communist insurgent group are enticed to return to the fold of the law and get back to the mainstream society. 

DAVAO ORIENTAL A downpour of new benefits awaits former rebels amid the government’s implementation of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) set to entice more members of the Communist insurgent group to return to the fold of the law.

During the E-CLIP convergence meeting held here on Thursday, June 21, representatives from the national government have presented the salient features of the newly improved program.

According to the Department of National Defense (DND), the program will highlight synergy and convergence as it will tap all key agencies from the national down to the local government in providing holistic interventions for the seamless integration of former rebels into the mainstream society.

Officials of the Philippine Army, DILG, Provincial Government and representatives of national government agencies gathered during the E-CLIP convergence meeting held on Thursday, June 21 at Lanes Kitaanan in the City of Mati.

“Its purpose is to bring together and harmonize the various programs of the government into one, big, cohesive program. It shall be part of a whole of government approach to address the communist insurgency, and defeat it at the soonest possible time,” said Ms. Beatrice Esguerra who represented Lt. General Reynaldo Mapagu of the DND’s Task Force Balik-Loob, stressing that the program is also aligned with the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ campaign to address insurgency threats.

BENEFITS

Under the revitalized program, former rebels and their dependents will enjoy the downpour of more benefits. Among them is the increase of reintegration assistance from P7,000 to  P21,000. It will also retain the existing CLIP’s P15,000 immediate assistance and P50,000 livelihood assistance.

Firearms remuneration will also be doubled depending on the weapon’s condition upon surrender. The cost valuation, based on the implementing guidelines and procedures for the disposition of firearms, explosives, and ammunition, issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government, will be “based on the standard price ceiling set for a particular kind, caliber and make of firearm and its condition upon turn in”.

DILG Provincial Director Yvette Sunga

While some of the other services of the E-CLIP have already been provided at Davao Oriental’s Happy Home – a halfway house for former rebels, such as medical, psychological and educational assistance, among others, the program will also now include employment assistance from concerned government agencies; access to government services such as enrolment to Philhealth and securing of government documents; Modified Conditional Cash Transfer from Social Welfare Department; loan and market access; legal assistance; college tuition and stipend; and projects under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan for communities wherein the former rebels will be integrated.

Moreover, among the program’s major highlights is the housing program for former rebels, a priority project identified by the provincial government in support to the program’s sustainability and community-building phase.

Assistant Secretary Alexander Macario of the DILG’s Peace and Security

Assistant Secretary Alexander Macario of the DILG’s Peace and Security said: “this is the time the government should fast-track its interventions for former rebels amidst the government’s deferred peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).” He added that the national government has already allocated P500 million for the program for this year.

BENEFICIARIES

Being a peacebuilding and social protection program designed for former rebels who have decided to abandon armed struggle and return to the fold of the law and mainstream society, the E-CLIP, based on the guidelines, covers regular members of the CPP-NPA-NDF and Militia ng Bayan.

It also covers the spouses, partners, children (whether legitimate or illegitimate), parents or siblings, of the former rebel, fulfilling the strategic message that the reintegration program is “Balik-Pamilya.”

The E-CLIP will also cover those who surfaced staring April 3, 2018, and those who are covered under the existing CLIP.

However, alongside all these improved benefits and services, the program is now more serious on the monitoring and the follow through of the former rebels, ensuring their full rehabilitation and to make sure that the government’s investments would not go down the drain.

Asec. Macario also stressed the proper and meticulous assessment of the beneficiaries by the Joint AFP-PNP Intelligence Committee (JAPIC) before they are enrolled in the program.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang

Currently, Davao Oriental has 45 former rebels who are the latest batch of beneficiaries enrolled in the existing CLIP and who are eligible to receive benefits under the enhanced program. They are currently housed at the Happy Home which is the country’s first-ever established halfway house for former rebels.

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang urged all government stakeholders to double their efforts and build avenues for partnerships to realize the project.

“If there is something we can do to make a difference, it is certainly the transformation of the E-CLIP into concrete results that will be a living legacy for the attainment of just and lasting peace.” By Karen Lou Deloso

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