TARLAC CITY, May 13 (PIA) -- A total of 19 former rebels in Tarlac received cash assistance from Department of the Interior and Local Government and the provincial government.
It is part of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government wherein rebel returnees and their families are given a wide array of benefits to help them start anew as they are reintegrated to mainstream society.
In her message, Governor Susan Yap assured the returnees that the government is maximizing its efforts to attend to the people's needs.
"There is no perfect government, no perfect president, no perfect governor, no perfect mayor. But all I can assure all of you is we are always here trying to find solutions on our problems and address where we are lacking, we will always try to fix it," Yap said.
She encouraged the returnees to use the cash assistance given to them to start life anew.
Each former regular New People's Army member received immediate assistance and livelihood assistance amounting to PhP 65,000 while each former Militia ng Bayan member received PhP 15,000.
Eight of the returnees are from San Jose town, six from Sta. Ignacia, two each from Camiling and Capas, and one from Tarlac City.
For his part, Tarlac Police Provincial Director PCol. Renante Cabico noted that the return of the former rebels holds a bright future for the next generation.
"We, on the part of the uniformed personnel, are grateful for your return and support to the government's programs because we have been fighting for years now and this, reaching its end, will help the future generation," Cabico underscored.
Meanwhile, a former rebel expressed her gratitude for the benefits they received under E-CLIP.
"We are extending our greatest appreciation for this initiative which aims to help us begin a new life with trust in our government," she said.
"Before, they made me believe that to create solutions to the problems in our society is to fight the government, but now I realized that only ourselves can find solutions to our own problems and the government will guide us through it," she furthered. (CLJD/GLSB-PIA 3)