Social Integration Program benefits 64 rebel returnees in Panay

September 24, 2010 12:34 pm 

DINGLE, Iloilo, Sept. 23 – The Social Integration Program (SIP) which encourages rebels to give up their armed struggle has benefited 64 rebel returnees in Panay, according to Brigadier General Gerardo T. Layug, commander of the 301st Brigade of the 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division of the Philippine Army.

Layug said that all 64 former rebels have been provided with the immediate assistance of P20,000 each but only 21 from the first batch were released their livelihood assistance of P50,000 each.

Further, they are waiting for the policy of the new government on what to do with the other 40 former rebels who also decided to return to the fold of law.

The implementation of the SIP is facilitated by the National Committee on Social Integration of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). It is being offered to former rebels who want to go back to the mainstream society.

In addition to the immediate assistance and livelihood assistance the program also offers remuneration for surrendered firearms, explosive and ammunition. (PNA)

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