BGen. Henry A. Robinson, Commander of the 702nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army with headquarters in Manaoag, Pangasinan, awarded the checks of the FRs last March 29 during the 1st Quarter Meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council.
The E-CLIP as provided under Administrative Order No. 10 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in April last year, is a complete package of assistance for former rebels who were members of the CPP-NPA-NDF, their immediate family members and Militia ng Bayan members who have surfaced from April 3, 2018 and expressed desire to abandon the movement and become productive members of society.
Aside from immediate cash assistance and livelihood support, Robinson informed the E-CLIP benefits now include provision of housing.
During the initial state of re-integration, the FRs are accommodated in a “Halfway House.” But in areas where there are no Halfway Houses yet, the local government have to take care of them while the FRs are capacitating themselves to eventually live independently and when they feel it is safe for them to go back to their respective communities, he explained.
Robinson appealed to the FRs to help convince their comrades in the mountains to embrace the E-CLIP.
The FRs related they were persuaded to join the NPA as they were made to believe that life would be better with the movement, only to realize that they were deceived. They narrated their difficulties in the wilderness that drove them to surrender to the folds of the law.The promised good life during the recruitment only resulted to hunger, no permanent abode and no basic needs provided by the organization.
They swore they are not going back to the movement after realizing the sincerity of the government to look after their welfare.
Robinson earlier said in the Kapihan sa Abra program that “Insurgency is not a military problem but a political and economic problem; therefore we need to address it more comprehensively.” (JDP/MTBB - PIA CAR, Abra)