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Avail of gov’t assistance,
former NegOr rebels urged

BY RENE GENOVE

Fifty former amnesty grantees in Negros Oriental who have not received yet their livelihood assistance, are requested to coordinate or report to the nearest local police station or army unit on the new economic-assistance program of the government.

The grantees were former rebels who surrendered before the effectivity of Administrative Order No. 172, "Creating the National Committee on Social Integration", to provide socio-economic assistance to former members of the local communist movement.

Recipients are former amnesty grantees from Canlaon, Dumaguete and Tanjay cities, and the towns of Guihulngan, Manjuyod, Sta. Catalina, San Jose, and Valencia.

Allan Almoite, of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, said the OPAPP will award socio-economic assistance of P20,000 per rebel returnee, at the end of May this year.

The program will be implemented in two phases, the social preparation and mainstreaming.  These include identification and planning of appropriate interventions for former rebels, with local government units and individual profiling and needs assessment inclusive of registration to fingerprint scanning system, as well as photo documentation.

The mainstreaming phase comprises provisions of socio-economic assistance and conduct of relevant skills livelihood training. 

In 2001, the rebel returnee program was transferred from the then National Program for Unification and Development Council to OPAPP, by Executive Order No. 3, "Defining Policy and Administrative Structures for Government’s Peace Efforts."

In 2004, releases to former rebels were held in abeyance, as the program underwent a review. It was on March 2007 when President Gloria Arroyo signed AO 172 making way for the establishment of the Social Integration Program.

OPAPP record shows that about 4,345 recipients were identified under the program nationwide.*RG

 

 

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