CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Oct. 10 (PIA) – – A former rebel received assistance under the Expanded Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government last Tuesday.
Provincial Administrator Henry Gupaal handed over to the 22-year old former rebel (FR) a check representing P50, 000.00 for his palay production livelihood project and P15, 000.00 immediate assistance. It was witnessed by Department of Interior and Local Government Provincial Director Max Mayer Adong and Maj. David Guinid of the 50th Infantry Battalion.
The FR’s choice of livelihood project is palay production believing the farming enterprise would progress since he has rice fields to till. He said he plans to buy a farm hand tractor which he will rent out since most of the families in his community are palay producers . He also intends to mill and process rice for sale in the market.
The FR from this city joined the New People’s Army when he was 16 years old and became an armed combatant for six years until his surrender at age 22. He only finished Grade 3 and is single.
He bared in an interview that he was bored fighting a hopeless cause so he decided to surrender and join the mainstream society to live a normal life.
Maj. Guinid said the FR stayed in their Battalion for a couple of days for assessment and debriefing afterwhich he was certified qualified to enroll under E-CLIP.
Meanwhile, Adong said E-CLIP for 2019 is exploring on the possible provision of lots to FRs to build their house through the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board and also agricultural lands through the Department of Agrarian Reform or to provide assistance for improvement if they own a lot. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)
Source: PIA Feed