BALER, AURORA. - A total of twenty-three former rebels who surrendered in the Province of Aurora were given a total amount of Php 1.195 million financial assistance, ranging from P 15,000.00 to P65,000.00 under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the DILG. This is a flagship program of President Rodrigo Duterte's peace and order agenda.
On December 29, 2020, Governor Gerardo A. Noveras, Atty. Ofelio A. Tactac, Jr., DILG Aurora Provincial Director, MAJ Sagersanti C. Estrada of the 91IB, 71D, PA, PCOL Raul C. Siriban, PNP Aurora and Ms. Abigaiel Paulino, OIC-PSWDO, led the E-CLIP awarding ceremony for the 23 former rebels at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Provincial Capitol Compound, Baler, Aurora.
Gov. Gerardo A. Noveras gave his words of gratitude and encouragement to the 23 former rebels who pledged their support to the Government. The governor stated, "Maipapakita ninyo sa mga dati ninyong kasamahan maitataguyod na ninyo and inyong mga sarili sa pamamagitan ng inyong sariling mga kamay at pagod mula sa panimulang biyaya na bigay ng pamahalaan."
Six (6) former rebels were granted an immediate assistance of Php 15,000.00 among many other benefits specified in the E-CLIP implementing guidelines while the other seventeen (17) former rebels were granted with a sum of P 65,000.00 composed of immediate assistance worth Php 15,000.00 and livelihood assistance worth Php 50,000.00. This sums to a total grant of P 1,195,000.00.
In his message, Atty. Tactac emphasized that violence and revolution will not lead to prosperity nor make the lives of the people better. "Ginagawa po ng pamahalaan ang lahat ngunit wala pong perpektong Gobyerno. Walang nakapagpatapos ng edukasyon o umasenso sa himagsikan. Ngayong bagong taon, kayong bumalik sa poder ng gobyerno ay may bagong pag-asa at kinabukasn. Kayo ay may may tsansa nang mamuhay na may dangal na hindi umaasa o nagiging pabigat sa mga kababayan na hinihingan at pinagkukunan ng inyong makakain at kagamitan para sa walang saysay na armadong pakikipaglaban."
DILG Aurora Program Manager, LGOO VI Mary Joyce Bautista concluded the awarding ceremony as she expressed her gratitude to the FRS and everyone involved in the program. "We would like to express our sincerest gratitude sa bawat opisinang naging dahilan upang maisakatuparan ang programang ito, sa PNP, AFP, PSWDO at sa ating mahal na Gobernador, lubos ang aming pasasalamat sa bawat isa sa inyo. Nawa'y manatili ang ating suporta sa isa't isa. 2020 has been a tough year for all of us, but through continued camaraderie, we'll strive for the better", Bautista said.
E-CLIP being locally-driven, managed and implemented is a national program that veers away from the past practice of pre-packaged interventions designed at the national level. It responds to the circumstances, needs and concerns of former rebels through provision of assistance and seeks to consider their basic rights and situations as men and women.