CARRANGLAN, Nueva Ecija -- Nine former New People’s Army rebels who surrendered to the government last June were given livelihood checks worth a total of P65,000 in simple ceremonies held during a peace rally here last Monday.
Capt. Maximo A. Trinidad Jr., civil-military operations officer of the 7th Infantry Division’s 84th Infantry (Victorious) Battalion based in Sitio Jr. Campo in Bgy. Sto. Niño 2nd, San Jose City, said the check-giving activity was one of the highlights of the event with the nine ex-rebels availing of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) given by the Nueva Ecija provincial government, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) in coordination with the Philippine Army and the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office (NEPPO).
The activity also included a peace rally being spearheaded by the municipal government headed by Mayor Mary B. Abad, whose husband then-Mayor Restituto Abad, was killed in an ambush in Guimba, Nueva Ecija last February 2012 with Mary and their driver surviving the gun attack.
Aside from the LGU, Trinidad said the peace rally which centered on the theme, “Isulong ang Carranglan, Paunlarin ang Bayan, Lahat Magtulungan”, was also supported and participated in by members of the 703rd Infantry Brigade, the Philippine National Police and the provincial government of Nueva Ecija.
Abad said the activity held at Bgy. FC Otic, was aimed at promoting the town as a peace-loving community that despises any armed struggle directed against the duly-constituted authorities.
Col. Rowen A. Tolentino, 703rd IB commander, said the other highlights of the event included the signing of the manifesto of support for peace and development and the releasing of white balloons symbolizing the government’s concerted efforts towards achieving these goals for the people in particular and for the municipality of Carranglan in general.
Maj. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., 7th ID commander, lauded Abad and the Carranglan LGU for working together with the Philippine Army and trusting it to lead the way towards achieving peace.
He also commended the 703rd IB for helping organize the peace rally, a clear message that the town is ready for further development.