DND issues IRR for task force aiding reintegration of rebel returnees

MANILA The Department of National Defense (DND) has issued the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for Task Force "Balik-Loob" (TFBL), the coordinating body tasked to centralize all government efforts for the reintegration of former communist rebels.

The seven-page IRR, which was released Tuesday (May 29), was signed by DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, DILG Undersecretary Eduardo AAo, Housing General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr., Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, and Undersecretary of the Office of the President Nelson Estares.

It will take effect 15 days after its publication in two newspapers of general circulation and after registration with the Office of National Administrative Register (ONAR), UP Law Center, Quezon City.

This comes after President Rodrigo R. Duterte on April 3 signed Administrative Order (AO) No. 10, creating TFBL as the central coordinating body that will supervise the reintegration efforts.

TFBL's IRR provides the framework to pursue a comprehensive, integrated, community-based national program that is locally-implemented to address the legal status and security of former rebels (FRs), as well as their economic, social, psychological rehabilitation needs and provide immediate to long-term interventions that are supported by strengthened institutions to ensure effective implementation and attainment of these desired outcomes.

Under the IRR, TFBL will be in charge of centralizing two existing government programs for former rebels, namely the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) administered by the DILG, and the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA), which is administered by Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), as well as all the other social services of other government agencies.

The program will now be called the E-CLIP or the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) which refers to the complete package of assistance to FRs.

Among the benefits and other forms of assistance given to beneficiaries include safety and security, PHP 15,000 immediate assistance, PHP21,000 to defray the subsistence or meals cost, support to relocate and secure the FR and his or her family, PHP50,000 livelihood assistance, temporary shelter, PhilHealth enrolment, medical assistance package, housing assistance and/or housing unit , modified Conditional Cash Transfer, legal assistance, livelihood materials, healing and reconciliation initiatives, and any additional assistance.

Composition and function

TFBL will be composed of representatives, with a rank not lower than Undersecretary from the DND, DILG, OPAPP, office of the President and the National Housing Authority. The task force will be chaired by the DND representative who may invite other government agencies and instrumentalities to the task force as he may deem necessary.

It will also have the following functions:

Develop the Strategic Communication (StratCom) Plan and the Implementing Guidelines governing the reintegration efforts

Address implementation issues at the national and local levels

Coordinate with concerned local government units to ensure the effective and timely implementation of the reintegration efforts

Provide capability assistance to concerned LGUs

Prepare a coordination, monitoring, evaluating and reporting mechanism that shall be used by all concerned agencies in checking the status of the reintegration efforts

Prepare regular consolidated reports on the implementation of the reintegration efforts to be submitted to the OP

Regularly review and update the StartCom Plan, Implementing Guidelines and other mechanisms to ensure the responsiveness and effectiveness of the reintegration efforts

Call upon the assistance and cooperation of all concerned government agencies for the effective implementation of this order

Beneficiaries

Qualified beneficiaries of the E-CLIP have to be former members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People's Army (NPA) and National Democratic Front (NDF) who voluntarily abandoned the armed struggle and opted to become productive members of the society.

Their spouses, partners, children, whether legitimate or illegitimate, parents or siblings are also beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, members of the Militia ng Bayan (MB), who surfaced starting April 3, 2018 shall only be eligible to the following assistance: 1) Immediate Assistance; 2) Reintegration Assistance and 3) Firearm Remuneration

MBs are individuals who have been indoctrinated and may or may not be directly involved in violent armed struggle but when organized can provide mass support to the revolutionary movement of the CPP/NPA/NDF.

The program will cover those who will surface starting April 3, 2018 or issuance of Duterte's order.

All FRs who surfaced starting July 1, 2016 will likewise be provided with benefits from the program in additional to the CLIP package they have received. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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