By Maria Teresa B. Benas, PIA CAR, Abra
BANGUED, Abra — Fourteen more former rebels (FRs) received their checks from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) last week through the members of the Abra Local Integration Committee (ALIC) chaired by Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin.
The checks were given in the name of the recipient-FRs from the municipalities of Lacub, Tubo, Sallapadan and Licuan-Baay, in amounts ranging from P48,000 to P53,000 each. The checks, with an aggregate amount of P691,260 are intended for the livelihood activities of the FRs to sustain their life as they re-integrate into mainstream society.
Of the 14 FRs, eight will engage in sari-sari stores with the hope to expand their business. The rest will venture on livestock industry since they have grazing areas to sustain their economic activity.They can also use their animals in their farming activities.
In a brief interaction with the recipient-FRs, they expressed their appreciation for the continued and sustained support of the provincial government of Abra in the process of their re-integration into their original communities.
Other agency-members of the ALIC like the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian and the Department of Trade and Industry will continue assisting the economic project of the recipient-FRs while the Provincial Social Welfare and Development will closely monitor their general welfare.
Col. Eliseo C. Posadas of the 503rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army assured their continuing support through the “Kabsatko, Ipategko Program (KIP)” where the returnees will adopted by concerned individuals who are willing to guide them as they adjust in their new life.
The recipient-FRs were earlier given immediate cash assistance by Bersamin during their formal presentation by the Philippine Army.#