AROUND 137 firearms surrendered by former rebels were destroyed during the demilitarization rites at the 4th Infantry Division (4ID), Camp Evangelista, Barangay Patag, Cagayan de Oro City on Thursday, November 28.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Northern Mindanao director Arnel Agabe said the former rebels have, in turn, received P2.8 million worth of financial assistance under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP).
A total of 105 former members of the New People's Army (NPA) will benefit the assistance, which includes livelihood assistance and firearm remuneration.
4ID commander Major General Nemesio Gacal said the surrender of firearms signifies the former rebels' desire to leave the armed struggle and start over with a new life.
Gacal said the firearms were destroyed so these can no longer be used for unlawful purposes.
The demilitarization rites was dubbed as “Kalinaw sa Amihang Mindanaw,” to showcase the government's efforts in working towards peace and progress.