Eight former New People's Army rebels yesterday received financial assistance of P15,000 each, in line with the Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the Department of Interior and Local Government.
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Col. Eliezer Losañes, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, led the distribution yesterday of financial assistance to the eight former rebels in northern Negros, who surrendered to the Philippine Army.
Lt. Col. Darryl Bañez, 62nd Infantry Battalion commander, said that the eight former rebels will also undergo a livelihood program training, before the release of an additional P50,000 each to help them start a normal life with their respective families.
Ka Glen, a former organizer of the North Negros Front- Komiteng Rehiyonal-Negros, said they are thankful for the help they got from the government, stressing that they surrender because they have no future in the rebel movement.
Losañes, meanwhile, called on families and friends of rebels who are still in the mountains, to convince them to go back to the mainstream society, and assured them of their safety.
The turnover of immediate cash assistance was witnessed by DILG provincial officer Joy Maredith Madayag, representatives of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, and the Provincial Peace Integration and Development Unit.
Marañon also assured the former rebels that they will receive the full benefits of CLIP. * GPB .
The eight former rebels who received P15,000 in financial assistance each, with Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., Colonel Eliezer Losañes, Lt. Col. Darrel Bañez and DILG provincial officer Joy Maredith Madayag.*
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