The Department of the Interior and Local Government and the provincial government of Apayao turned over livelihood cash assistance to three former rebels in the province recently.
Two of the former rebels received P20,000 each as financial assistance for their reintegration to society and small income generating project while P5,000 was given to the other former rebel as a form of aid and for his immediate needs.
Two of the beneficiaries are from Kabugao and one from Pudtol.
The awarding of cash assistance is part of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program, which provides support to former rebels who have surrendered and are undergoing the process of reintegration.
Provincial Administrator Edmar Pascua said the giving of cash assistance is one of the initiatives the government is taking to promote peace and development in the province.
He urged other rebels to surrender and avail of the government’s program, which offers various forms of assistance such as livelihood support, skills training, and educational opportunities. He believes by providing former rebels with these opportunities, they can help them rebuild their lives or transition from their previous life as insurgents to becoming productive and law-abiding citizens contributing to the development of their communities.
“We recognize that former rebels have a role to play in building a peaceful and prosperous community. Through this program, we hope to provide them with the necessary support and assistance to help them reintegrate into society,” he said.
Pascua said the provincial government is committed in promoting peace and stability in the province and in ensuring the province remains safe for all residents. – Redjie Melvic Cawis