CAMP OSITO D. BAHIAN, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon - 12 former NPA members who surrendered to the government received cash assistance and firearms remuneration here today in a simple ceremony dubbed as "Pagbalik sa Sabakan".
Among the 12 former NPA members, five (5) were regular members who received Php 65,000.00 and firearms remuneration each, while the eight (8) others were members of the NPA's Militia ng Bayan with each of them receiving remunerations for the firearms they surrendered.
The government's Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) offers livelihood assistance amounting to Php 50,000.00 and immediate cash assistance of Php 15,000.00 to NPA members who would surrender including a remuneration for each firearm brought. Moreover, it offers a re-integration package that includes livelihood and capacity development trainings.
The CLIP Committee of Bukidnon headed by Brigadier General Eric C Vinoya AFP, Commander of the 403rd Infantry "Peacemaker" Brigade and Co-Chair of the Committee, together with Hon. Richard D. Macas, Provincial IP Mandatory Representative, and the representatives from the DILG, PNP, and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, facilitated the giving of the CLIP assistance.
In his message during the event, Brigadier General Vinoya emphasized the government's genuine program for the NPA members who would opt to surrender through the CLIP. He also urged those NPA members who still remain misguided by the CPP-NPA-NDF to go back to the folds of the law. He said that "I am deeply pleased and thankful that today, our brothers who are former NPA members received their assistance from the government through the CLIP of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process or OPAPP. With this, I urge all those NPA members who still remain victims of the futility of the armed struggle and misguided by the ill propaganda of the NPA leaders to go down, surrender, and live your lives peacefully. We are here to assist you. Now is the right time and you should take this opportunity because our government, through our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, is offering you a comprehensive surrender program where you can have the benefits of cash and livelihood assistance, capacity development, housing, and employment."