3 former rebels receives CLIP livelihood assistance

BONTOC, Mountain Province, June 8(PIA) – Three former rebels in the province who recently returned to mainstream society received livelihood assistance from the national government’s Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP)

 

Governor and CLIP chairman Bonifacio Lacwasan, Jr. and Department of the Interior and Local Government Provincial Director Anthony Ballug handed the financial assistance of P50, 000 each to the former rebels (FRs) in a simple ceremony held at the DILG office here recently.

They also were provided socio economic interventions, capability building activities and livelihood trainings conducted by Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office. These were given immediate assistance of P15, 000 each last December.

 Lacwasan urged the FRs to properly utilize the financial aid as this will help them start and improve their lives. He also challenged them to support all initiatives of sustaining peace and prosperity in the province.

For his part, Ballug said the government especially the local government units are ready to provide assistance to rebels who opt to lay down their arms and live peacefully in the community.

Constant life on the run, hardship of life in the hills and the ever possibility of being killed are among the reasons the FRs decided to return to the folds of the law.

To date, the DILG provincial office reported that 17 FRs rebels availed of the P15, 000 immediate financial assistance and the P50, 000 worth livelihood assistance from the government’s CLIP coursed to the DILG.

CLIP focuses on the integration of members of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army who decide to abandon armed struggle and rejoin mainstream society. Cash incentives will also be given to rebels who will surrender their firearms. Andrew Doga-ong (JDP/ ABD- PIA CAR, Mountain Province)

 

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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.