At least six former rebels in North Cotabato received cash assistance from the government’s Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP), a program implemented by the Office of the Presidential Assistance on the Press Process (OPAPP).
The six rebels received initial assistance amounting to P15,000 each from North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Mendoza, the chair of provincial CLIP committee.
CLIP is a national reintegration program of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) for former rebels, complementing local government efforts. It is a joint undertaking of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), military (1002nd and 602nd Brigade), PNP, DSWD, judiciary, and civil society. Governor Mendoza chairs the Provincial CLIP Committee.
Mendoza was happy to welcome the former rebels’ decision to disarm themselves and start anew.
“We are happy that you have decided to voluntarily disarm yourselves and we welcome you as you aim to start new lives,” Mendoza said. “At the same time, we urge local government unit officials to strengthen our peace and order programs.”
It is important, she said, the local government officials understand that “that along with the developments and progress around us is the fact that we become targets of criminals and other lawless elements who wants to take advantage of people.”