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Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP)
Communism in the Philippines started as early as the 1930s. Seeking social reforms through armed struggle, the Communist movement has been outlawed, first by a 1932 Supreme Court decision and was further strengthened with the Republic Act 1700, or the Anti-Subversion Act. In the 1960s, the Communist Party of the Philippines, together with its military arm, the New People's Army, failed to overthrow the Philippine government which led to the arrest of its leader, Jose Maria Sison who has since been in exile in the Netherlands.
According to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the NP A may still be existent but has been in steady decline. The communist party itself has been dilapidated as its members eventually rejected Sison's Mao-inspired ideology. Some of them formed their own groups but were failures while some were reformed and became part of the national government. The vision of inclusive and lasting peace is dramatically coming into fruition, thanks to the intensified military action and continuous operations against rebels and the arrest of their top leaders.
Nevertheless, the Philippine government recognizes that the call for peace, security, and order is not solely the work of the military. With the most recent developments in addressing the issues with rebels, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Administrative Order No. 10 institutionalizing the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program or ECLIP. This is a government program that aims to help the rebel members of CPP-NPA-NDF and Militia ng Bayan to restore their allegiance to the Philippine government.
Through this program, they can be reintegrated back to the community, be with their families, and start over with their new, normal lives. The financial benefits intended for their development include but are not limited to the following:
- Reintegration assistance (Php 21,000.00)
- Firearms, explosives, and ammunitions remuneration
- Immediate assistance (Php 15,000.00)
- Livelihood assistance (Php 50,000.00)
- Livelihood materials and implements or employment assistance (Php 100,000.00)
- Access to government services
- Medical assistance
- Legal assistance
- Modified conditional cash transfer
- Loan and market access
- Alternative learning system
- Psychosocial assistance
- College tuition and stipend
- Conditional transitional grant (Php 5,000.00)
To learn more about the benefits for former rebels under ECLIP, visit the website of Task Force Balik-Loob (TFBL) at www.tfbalikloob.gov.ph.