Promise 53: Review and assess programs for rebel returnees
Mindanao | 07/25/2010 12:53 AM
I will order an inventory of the backlog on assistance to MNLF rebel returnees, as the basis for determining the requirements and timetable for addressing the gap and closing the existing program, while a new program is crafted in cooperation with concerned LGUs and approximating the international standards on DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization and Rehabilitation) of former combatants.
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March 30, 2010: Thirty-eight members of the New People’s Army (NPA) across the country in 2010 availed of the government’s social integration program (SIP).
“The number of rebel returnees availing of the SIP is very encouraging. This is the very objective of the SIP – for the NPA rebels to lay down their arms and be our partners in community development,” said Brig. Gen. Francisco Cruz Jr., Commander of the Civil Relations Service (CRS) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
According to a press statement, the government extended financial assistance amounting to P760,000 to the rebel returnees through the SIP of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).