13 rebel returnees in Leyte to get assistance-A A +A
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
THIRTEEN former members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Leyte will be given financial aid by the Provincial Government and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp).
According to the office of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), the 13 rebel returnees will receive P50,000 livelihood assistance from the Opapp.
Out of the 13 ex-NPA members, four will get P15,000, three others will get P5,000 as immediate assistance, four will receive P10,000, and another two will receive P25,000 for voluntarily surrendering a firearm.
Providing assistance to rebel returnees is part of the Leyte Comprehensive Integration Program of the Provincial Government that will encourage NPA rebels to lay down their arms and start their lives anew with their families.
“It is one of our top priorities – to continue to help accelerate the integration process of rebels into mainstream society and help them become productive and peace-loving members of our community,” Petilla said.
The distribution of the financial assistance will be held in Barangay San Pedro, Albuera, Leyte.
The province would also be distributing food packs to families reportedly affected by rebel presence in the area.
The Philippine Army lauded the Provincial Government of Leyte through the leadership of Governor Leopoldo Dominic Petilla for continuing to be responsive and supportive of the Social Integration Program (SIP) by means of providing financial assistance to former rebels voluntarily surrendering to start a new life.
The SIP is a government program that involves a set of intervention for ex-rebels and their dependent that includes the management of the forces, arms and ammunition of former rebels, and their eventual transition to civilian life.
The immediate goal of the SIP is the improvement of security condition, restoration of peace and security to allow for peaceful social and economic activities, while the long term goal is the sustained social and economic re-integration of former rebels into a peaceful society. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)