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Samar province taps various agencies to support former rebels

June 9, 2012

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan Samar  –  The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army participated in the Resource Mapping Activity as part of the Local Integration Program (LIP) of the Provincial Government of Samar on June 8, 2012 at the Governor’s Office, Provincial Capitol, Catbalogan City.

The resource mapping intends to tap government and private agencies in identifying available services within their respective organizations to be included in the LIP package for former rebels.

Part of the activity is the drafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the Local Social Integration Plan of Samar with LtCol. Cerilo C Balaoro Jr, Commander, 87IB heading the 8ID delegation. The activity was also attended by representatives from PSWDO, PPO PNP, Department of Health, Office of the Governor, TESDA, DEPED, DILG, CSO of Samar and Ms Emy Bantillo of OPAPP.

Recently, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Samar had passed a resolution adopting the Comprehensive Local Integration Program as the Local Social Integration Framework of the Province and created/functionalized the Joint Validation and Authentication Committee under Executive Order No. 02, Series of 2012 as a sub-committee of the Samar Provincial Peace and Order council. 28 April 2012, Adoption of Comprehensive Integrated Program.

“The 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army will fully support the Local Integration Program of the Provincial Government of Samar in order to attain a genuine peace in the Province” BGen Gerardo T Layug, Commander, 8ID, PA said. “We also call on the rebels who want to join the peace and development efforts of the government to avail of the Provincial Government’s Program” for former rebels,” added Layug.

In Northern Samar, the Provincial Government also passed an Ordinance 05 series of 2011, granting monetary rewards to facilitators of voluntary surrender of any CT member last May 2011. The ordinance is part of the Local Integration Program of the Province.