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A separate check worth P210,000 asreintegration assistance was released by the Department of the Interior andLocal Government (DILG) in Negros Occidental to the Philippine Army’s 303rdInfantry Brigade (IB) represented by Major Franco Ver Lopez, head of thecivil-military operations. Colonel Romeo Baleros, director of theNegros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO), echoed Pasaporte’s callfor the communist rebels in the province to return to the fold of the law. Seven former members of the NewPeople’s Army (NPA) received immediate assistance of P15,000 each, totaling toP105,000. “As the TF-ELCAC is gaining momentum,we are continuously calling for the peaceful surrender of the remnant forces ofthe NPA in the province,” Baleros added. The turn-over of benefits was led byprovincial director Ferdinand Panes of the DILG-Negros Occidental, in ritesheld here on Dec. 19.(With a report fromPNA/PN) “It is time to lay down your firearms,return to your family, and live a peaceful life in mainstream society. Thegovernment has laid down programs for you to start anew. Or else, the securityforces will use all its might to hunt you down,” Pasaporte added. The amount will be used by the 15thInfantry Battalion for the subsistence or meal cost of former rebels who havebeen placed under its protection while processing their benefits under theE-CLIP. Baleros was represented by MajorNorberto Barniso, chief of NOCPPO Community Affairs Development Section, duringthe turn-over ceremony. The E-CLIP is one of the programsunder the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict(NTF-ELCAC), a body created by President Rodrigo Duterte through ExecutiveOrder No. 70. It aims to ensure sustainable andinclusive peace and put an end to the 50-year armed conflict perpetrated by theCommunist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA). Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, commanderof 303IB based in Murcia, Negros Occidental, said the government remainssincere in helping those who have become victims of the deception of theCPP-NPA. The checks released by the provincialgovernment were turned over by provincial Social Welfare Development officerElena Serenias. A former New People’s Army member (right) receives a P15,000 financial aid from the Negros Occidental provincial government, in the presence of provincial director Ferdinand Panes (left) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government on Dec. 19. 303RD INFANTRY BRIGADE/PHILIPPINE ARMY BACOLOD City – The Negros Occidentalprovincial government, through the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local IntegrationProgram (E-CLIP), gave a total of P365,000 in various assistance to formerrebels. One of the seven recipients was givenan additional P50,000 as remuneration for a .45-caliber pistol he surrenderedto the authorities.