Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar led the ceremonial awarding of financial assistance to five (5) former rebels (FRs) during the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC X) meeting held last December 7, 2020 in Cagayan de Oro City. Initial cash assistance amounted to P50,000.
The FRs also received other benefits under the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Integration Program (E-CLIP), such as skills training, housing and medical assistance, loan and market access, legal assistance and educational assistance, among others.
According to 58th Infantry Battalion commander Lt. Col. Ricky Canatoy, the five FRs are part of the 14 FRs who have returned to the folds of the government through his unit. The remaining 9 FRs will also receive their respective assistance in a separate awarding ceremony.
Watch the RTF-ELCAC meeting below.
More details in the links below.