Friends Rescued receive E-CLIP financial assistance


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Four (4) Friends Rescued (FRs) of the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) received their financial assistance under the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) in a simple ceremony as part of as part of Zamboanga del Norte 1st Quarter Peace and Order Council Meeting held yesterday, February 22, at Top Plaza Hotel, Dipolog City.

The financial assistance amounted to a total of Php 260,000.00. The benefits each FR received amounted to Php 65,000 consisting of Php 50,000 Livelihood assistance and Php 15,000 immediate cash assistance.

In his remarks, Zambo Norte Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) and E-CLIP Committee Chair Governor Roberto Uy said that the provincial government will be active in assisting and supporting the FRs’ reintegration to mainstream society.

Also, Department of Interior and Local Government – Region IX Director Paisal O. Abutazil in his message said that the government will always welcome those [NPAs] who will choose to lay down their arms and start their lives anew.

Meanwhile, 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera thanked Gov. Uy for the untiring support and commitment of the Province of Zamboanga del Norte in helping the Former Rebels.

“The benefits received by our FRs under the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program will be of great help in their transition to society, and will aid them to become productive and responsible members of our community,” said Lt. Col. Herrera.

In total, 29 FRs, including those who surrendered to other units under the Army’s 102nd Infantry “Igsoon” Brigade, also received the same E-CLIP benefits. –53IB


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