DILG: More than 1,100 ex-rebels receive gov’t aid

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MANILA — The Department of the Interior and Local Government stated that around 1,100 ex-rebels have received assistance since the start of the Marcos administration.

According to DILG Secretary Benhur Abalos, this showed that the current administration is committed to addressing the insurgency and helping former rebels to be reintegrated into society.

“Through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration or E-CLIP, we have helped more than 1,100 former rebels get back into the folds of society since July 1,” Abalos said in a statement yesterday.

The E-CLIP provides livelihood, education, housing, medical and other social services to help former rebels.

It seeks to reframe the insurgency problem as a broader social, economic, and injustice concern, as opposed to a pure security and military crisis.

More than P45 million worth of assistance was granted last November, covering 611 former rebels and their families.

Since the Marcos administration assumed office, Abalos said the crime rate incidence has decreased by 72.33 percent in the third quarter of this year.

From July 1 to September 30, the total number of crimes including murder, rape, robbery, and kidnapping decreased.

According to Abalos, this was part of the peace and order initiatives of the administration.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.