Fourteen former rebels in Negros Occidental received a P20,000 worth of Livelihood Settlement Grants and food packs from the provincial government of Negros Occidental in a ceremony held at the provincial capitol lobby on December 19.
Among the 14 former rebel who received the cash grants, 12 were under the supervision of 303rd Infantry Brigade specifically 5 from 79IB, 7 from the 62IB while the 2 FRs were under 6SAF, 6SAB, PNP.
The turnover of fund was led by Gov. Eugenio Jose V Lacson, Governor of Negros Occidental with Brigadier General Inocencio I Pasaporte PA, 303rd Infantry Brigade Commander, personnel from SAF, 6SAB, PNP based in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, and personnel from the Provincial Social Work and Development Office (PSWDO).
In his message, Lacson said that the assistance is part of the benefit package over and above the ECLIP assistance. The provincial government of Negros Occidental had its arms wide open to be of help to the remaining other members of the NPAs to return to the government and avail of the program.
BGen Pasaporte for his part said, “There are still lots of benefits in store for our former rebels under the Enhanced Comprehensive and Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) plus incentives and cash assistances alike from the local government units.
He added that the livelihood settlement cash grant is one of the many cash incentives to be received by those NPAs who will surrender and get a chance to again experience a free, peaceful and happy life with their families. Thus, the Brigade and all its Battalions, 62IB, 79IB and 94IB and other OPCON units are willing to assist our tired NPA brothers whenever they decide to come home to their families,” he concluded.