42 Panay ex-rebs get SIP livelihood, cash package
Roxas City (5 June) -- About 42 former rebels have received the government's Social Integration Program (SIP) during an awarding ceremony today, June 5, at the Provincial Capitol, here.
The beneficiaries comprise 24 former insurgents who received their livelihood benefits worth P50,000 in capital goods each and 18 others who were given Immediate Assistance Allowance (IAA) of P20,000 each.
"These former rebels who had gone back to the folds of the law are now locally coined as "KR" or Kaupod sa Reporma," said an Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) press statement for the awarding rites.
A total of P1.56 million in cash and capital goods was awarded to the KR who were thankful to the government for the package of incentives that will be utilized in starting a new life in the "mainstream society."
The 24 livelihood beneficiaries have underwent a Livelihood Skills Training Seminar to place them in a position of preparedness in accepting the rice, sari-sari store, hand tractor, trisikad, and cattle packages.
"The opportunity for a second chance to our brothers and sisters would not have been possible if not for the cooperation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, the Local Government of Capiz," said part of the OPAPP press statement.
For his part, Presidential Assistant for Western Visayas Raul Banias encouraged former rebels to wisely utilize the government's incentive package for them to become productive citizens of the community.
The ceremony was also graced by Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Division Commanding General Vicente Porto, Capiz Gov. Victor A. Tanco, Sr., and OPAPP officials, among others. (PIA/A. Lumaque) [top]