Sep 29, 2020

Some rebel returnees under government custody qualify for SAP

Captain Orchie Bobis, spokesperson of the 3rd Marine Brigade (3MBde), said five returnees under the custody of the Palawan Provincial Task Force ELCAC have received P5,000 each from the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

Photo courtesy of Captain Orchie Bobis.

Some rebel returnees, while still under the custody of the government, have been included as recipients of the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

Captain Orchie Bobis, spokesperson of the 3rd Marine Brigade (3MBde), said five returnees under the custody of the Palawan Provincial Task Force ELCAC have received P5,000 each from the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

“Hindi automatic [na kasali sila,] but the government considered them since hindi rin sila makapagtrabaho sa ngayon at hanggang backyard gardening lang,” Bobis said.

Ka Hanna, a pregnant rebel returnee, is among the five recipients of the cash aid from SAP. She said the SAP cash aid will help her in preparing for her delivery.

“Hindi ko na talaga inisip na mabibigyan pa kami ng gobyerno, kasi nga kahit papaano ay may napagkukunan na kami ng makakain mula sa livelihood program na itinulong sa amin ng Palawan Task Force ELCAC at ng Marines. Ilang buwan na lang ay manganganak na ako, nahihiya po akong iasa sa gobyerno ang responsibilidad naming mag-asawa kaya kahit hirap sa buhay ay kumakayod kami para may pera kaming laan sa paglabas ng aking anak,” she said.

 

Photo courtesy of Captain Orchie Bobis.

3MBde commander Brig. Gen. Nestor Herico, on the other hand, said the help from SAP will encourage more members of the New People’s Army (NPA) to leave the armed struggle and return to government fold.

“Dito natin makikita na tapat ang gobyerno na tugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga dating NPA. Walang maiiwan sa laban natin sa pagkamit ng kapayapaan. Tulungan natin lahat ng mga dating NPA na magbalik loob sa ating pamahalaan,” Herico said.

Aside from the cash assistance, the rebel returnees already received livelihood assistance and cash grant from the Local Social Integration Program (LSIP) under the provincial government and Cash for Work program (CFW) from DSWD MIMAROPA.

 

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