ILOILO CITY, Jan. 17 (PIA-6) -- Five former rebels from the municipalities of Calinog and Lambunao in Iloilo, who turned in their firearms to the provincial government, were granted financial and livelihood assistance.
Col. Marion R. Sison, 301st Infantry Brigade commander, said the returnees were formerly connected with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) and among the 10 rebels who surrendered last year.
"We want to let them know that the government has programs in helping them start anew," Col. Sison said in a media release from the Provincial Information and Community Affairs Office (PICAO).
The former rebels were recently presented to Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Jr., who assisted Col. Sison and Provincial Director Teodora Sumagaysay of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Iloilo in turning over the checks to the rebel returnees.
Each returnee received P15,000 immediate assistance and P60,000 livelihood assistance under the government's Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
Each also received a maximum P70,000 for their surrendered firearms, which include two .38 caliber, one .45 caliber, one shotgun, and an M1 garand rifle. (PICAO/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)