Army official lauds
Leyte’s support to SIP
Media Relations Center
October 25, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – The
provincial government of
Leyte was admired by a top military official in the region for its
support to the Social Integration Program (SIP) of the government.
Maj. Gen. Arthur
Tabaquero, commanding general of the 8thInfantry Division, said Leyte
province is very responsive as far as the SIP is concerned and is
particularly supportive by means of providing financial assistance to
former rebels voluntarily surrendering to start a new life in
government of Leyte has been providing counterpart basic assistance to
rebel returnees here in
Leyte in the amount of P7,000.
This amount is the
province’s counterpart to the P20,000 immediate assistance, P50,000 in
kind like farm implements and fertilizer under the Social Integration
Program started by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace
Following a study
conducted in 2007, results showed the need for involvement of the
local government unit in the monitoring as well as interventions, with
a program on healing and reconciliation also required.
Thus, President Arroyo
issued Administrative Order 172 creating the National Committee on
Social Integration. The social integration committee was created to
train rebel returnees and give them the opportunities available.
Before receiving the
P20,000 economic assistance, the rebel returnees were trained to do
small time businesses through the Department of Trade and Industry,
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, provincial
agriculture office, provincial veterinary office, and the technology
livelihood and development center. Values formation also forms part of
On top of this, a
rebel returnee will get additional cash if he or she surrenders with a
firearm, P50,000 for high-powered firearms and P20,000 for short
firearms under the government’s Balik Baril Program.
Meanwhile, in the
recent Peace and Order Council Meeting for
Leyte province, Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla through the
Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) asked for
fasttracking of documents of rebel returnees so they can immediately
be released of their financial assistance.
For this year, the
PSWDO reports that 28 rebel returnees have already received their
financial assistance from the provincial government following
completion of documents with the Joint AFP-PNP Intelligence Committee