A total of 222 former rebels in northern and central Luzon received government financial assistance through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program for CY 2020, the NOLCOM Chief revealed on Tuesday.
In a conference at NOLCOM Hqs presided by Undersecretary Reynaldo B Mapagu, the Chairperson of Task Force Balik-Loob, with Lieutenant General Arnulfo Marcelo B Burgos Jr, Commander of NOLCOM, it was disclosed that 222 former rebels received P15.9 million financial assistance package from the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP). This is apart from the other benefits offered by the different government agencies, such as the “Pangkabuhayan Package” from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE); Educational Scholarship offered by the Department of Education (DepEd); Skills Development Training offered by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Housing Assistance offered by National Housing Authority (NHA).
ECLIP is a flagship program of the Duterte administration that seeks to address social healing and national unity toward the higher objective of attaining a just and lasting peace. The program which is closely supervised and monitored by Task Force Balik-Loob, aims to provide social equity to former members of the CPP-NPA-NDF and the Militia ng Bayan to reintegrate them into mainstream society.
The program provides wide array of benefits based on the particular needs of the former rebels and their families through the convergence of the national and local government agencies.
USec Mapagu lauded Northern Luzon Command for it’s efforts in support to the implementation of the program, saying that “your steadfast commitment to support the implementation of ECLIP is a testament of how serious Northern Luzon Command in defeating the communist terrorists in your area of operation.”
He ended by encouraging the men and women of Northern Luzon Command, saying that “we should not stop performing our duty, even if there is a problem besetting our country. We must do our share of good governance and use it as basis of our approach in defeating the communist terrorists in this part of the country.”
Lieutenant General Burgos in his statement, acknowledged the importance of the program, saying that “NOLCOM recognizes the significant role of ECLIP in weakening and eventual dismantling of the communist terrorist group in our area of operation.”
He added that, “with this principle, ‘continuous improvement, progressive change’, NOLCOM will sustain it’s efforts and will continue finding innovative ways in support to the implementation of the program.”
He ended his statement by expressing optimism that “more terrorists will surrender in the coming days due to the prevailing demoralization across their ranks brought about by the diminishing support of the community, as well as the lingering fear in their minds brought about by the neutralization of key personalities in their group.” NORTHERN LUZON COMMAND