80 ex-rebels avail of Clip

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - By Karina V. Cañedo

SOME 80 for­mer New Peo­ple's Army (NPA) rebels in Davao City availed of fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance through the Com­pre­hen­sive Lo­cal In­te­gra­tion Pro­gram (Clip).

Davao City So­cial Ser­vices and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice (CSSDO) head Maria Luisa T. Ber­mudo, in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, said the city, in co­op­er­a­tion with var­i­ous agen­cies led by Depart­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG), was able to ex­tend fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to for­mer rebels through the Clip pro­gram.

She said un­der the pro­gram, rebels re­ceived P50,000 for liveli­hood as­sis­tance and P15,000 for im­me­di­ate fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

"Clip pro­gram started in 2011, it is a pro­gram

for the for­mer rebels which in­clude so­cial wel­fare, liveli­hood, health," Ber­mudo said.

Clip aims to fa­cil­i­tate the main­stream­ing of for­mer NPA rebels as pro­duc­tive cit­i­zens in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Based on joint cir­cu­lar of is­sued by DILG and Of­fice of the Pres­i­den­tial Ad­viser on the Peace Process (Op­pap), qual­i­fied ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Clip are those reg­u­lar mem­ber of NPA who sur­faced 2011 on­wards who have ex­pressed the "de­sire to aban­don armed vi­o­lence and be­come pro­duc­tive mem­bers of the so­ci­ety" in­clud­ing their part­ners/ spouses, (whether le­git­i­mate or il­le­git­i­mate) par­ents or sib­lings if ap­pli­ca­ble.

Also qual­i­fied are those who did not re­ceive full as­sis­tance un­der the So­cial In­te­gra­tion Pro­gram (SIP) based on Op­pap's Spe­cial List of for­mer rebels that sur­faced in the year 2007-2009.

She added that the Task Force Davao and the po­lice con­duct ini­tial as­sess­ment and in­ves­ti­ga­tion to those who sur­ren­dered and their of­fice, the CSSDO, con­ducts fur­ther val­i­da­tion.

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