A total of 17 former rebels (FRs) who previously surrendered to the government have received their Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Intelligence Committee (JAPIC) Certificate, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said.
In a news statement issued on Thursday, NCRPO chief Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo said the program is in line with the invigorated efforts to support Executive Order 70 to end local communist armed conflict in the country and attain sustainable peace and balik-loob to FRs who surrendered to the government.
The JAPIC Certificate is a requirement for the availment of Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) Program. The E-CLIP assistance granted to FRs covers livelihood, education, housing, medical, and other social services crucial to their reintegration into society.
He said the 17 former rebels received the JAPIC Certificate during the opening of the two-day “Tulong Pangkabuhayan Program” on Wednesday held at the Regional Mobile Force Battalion(RMFB) Tagapaglunsad Hall, NCRPO headquarters, Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.
The said endeavor is a community-based capacity-building program initiated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) led by Monica Josefina Romualdez, Regional Director, DSWD-National Capital , represented by Esperanza A. Mangoba, Regional Program Coordinator that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of the FRs.
Estomo said also the program aims to develop and enhance the FRs’ skills in order for them to start a new life.
He added they are also the beneficiaries of E-CLIP, a package of cash incentives meant to entice members of communist terrorist groups (CTG) to surface, return to the fold of the law and start a peaceful life anew together with their respective families. -30-