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52 former rebels receive assistance from OPAPP

by Jaer C. Persigas

Butuan City (19 June) -- The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) through its Social Integration Program (SIP) awarded the Immediate Assistance, Livelihood Assistance in Capital Goods equivalent to Fifty Thousand Pesos (P50,000) per Former Rebels (FRs) and the Firearms Remuneration of the surrendered firearms to the former members of the CPP-NPA who returned to the folds of the law just recently.

These awards are part of the socio-economic package of the program intended to facilitate their integration to mainstream society.

On behalf of Secretary Avelino I. Razon, Jr. the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Governor Maria Valentina G. Plaza of the Province of Agusan del Sur personally handed the awards to the Former Rebels (FRs) or Kauban sa Reporma (KRs) during the 42nd Foundation Day Celebration of the province on June 17, 2009.

The Governor was assisted by Vice Governor Santiago B. Cane, Jr., Assistant Division Commander of 4ID PA BGEN Rolito B. Abad, Brigade Commander of 402nd Brigade PA Colonel Emiliano R. Gupana II, PNP Provincial Director Senior Supt Antonio B. Paguirigan and Father Carlito Clase a member of the Local Social Integration Committee (LSIC) and other public officials of Agusan del Sur.

Thirty (30) KRs received their Livelihood Assistance in Capital Goods equivalent to Fifty Thousand Pesos (P50,000) each; this is amounting to One Million Five Hundred Thousand Pesos (P1,500,000). Another Twenty (20) KRs received their Immediate Assistance amounting to Twenty Thousand Pesos (P20,000) each; this is equivalent to Four Hundred Thousand Pesos (P400,000).

Firearms Remuneration also amounted to Two Hundred Eighteen Thousand Seven Hundred Pesos (P218,700) was paid to the 22 KRs who surrendered their firearms to the government. The total amount released was P2,118,700.

Part of the socio-economic package awarded to the KRs includes the following: 1. Carabaos = 34 heads; 2. Motor Cycles (Brand New) = 3 units; 3. Land = 1.5 hectares; 4. Mud Boat = 1 unit; 5. Sprayer = 1 unit; 6. Plow = 2 units; 7. Merchandise for Sari-Sari Store, Sprayer and Plows.

On June 1-5, 2009 before the awarding was held the Former Rebels were given lectures/trainings on Values Formation, Cooperative Development, Masaganang Vegetable Garden Program (MVGP), Culture of Peace, Overview on RA 8371 or the IPRA Law, Family Budgeting and equally important was the Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing. This training was required to the FRs before they can avail of the capital goods from the program in order to capacitate themselves.

The said training was facilitated by the member agencies of the Local Social Integration Committee (LSIC) of the Province of Agusan del Sur. The agencies that facilitated the training were the following: PSWD, ASERBAC (Agusan Sur Economic Research and Business Assistance Center), Provincial Cooperative Office, Provincial Agriculture Office, NCIP Provincial Office, DepED Division Office and Provincial Veterinary Office.

It is the long-term objective of the Social Integration Program (SIP) that the Former Rebels (FRs) or fondly called as KAUBAN sa REPORMA (KRs) can have a genuine and sustainable socio-economic intervention and will be able to integrate to mainstream society. (OPAPP/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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