26 ex-rebels get P1.3-M aid-A A +A
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
A TOTAL of P1.3 million worth of livelihood assistance was distributed to 26 rebel returnees from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp).
The 26 rebel returnees each received P50,000 in check from Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Colonel Oscar Lactao, commander of the 303rd Brigade, in ceremonies held at the Governor's Office on Tuesday.
Lactao said the livelihood assistance is given to the rebel returnees for them to start a new life. He said the 26 are the first batch of the about 60 rebel returnees who are lined up to receive the said financial assistance.
Lactao thanked Marañon for helping in the speedy release of the financial assistance. He said the government is sincere in helping those rebels who have decided to go back to the folds of the law.
The 26 rebel returnees already received initial financial and livelihood assistance from the Provincial Government.
On his part, Marañon said, "If there is no peace, there is no progress."
He also informed the rebel returnees that college scholarships from Opapp are available for their children. (Teresa D. Ellera)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 19, 2012.