The beneficiaries received the checks in rites led by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) provincial director Ferdinand Panes at the Capitol Social Hall here last week.Lacson lauded the former rebels for deciding to return to the fold of the law. E-CLIP is one of the programs under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict created by President Rodrigo Duterte through Executive Order No. 70. (With a report from PNA/PN) BACOLOD City – Some 18 former rebels (FRs) in this province received immediate and reintegration assistance amounting to P36,000 each as one of their benefits under the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (standing in left) speaks with some 18 former rebels who received benefits under the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City last week. PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF NEGROS OCCIDENTAL “The provincial government is always open to help you. Spend the assistance given to you wisely, especially in this time of pandemic,” he added. Panes, for his part, said he is hopeful the beneficiaries will honor their commitment to the government with mutual respect.The DILG, Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police is always ready to assist them, he added.The ceremony was witnessed by Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of the Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade; Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Alvaran, commanding officer of 79th Infantry Battalion; and Colonel Romy Palgue, officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.The DILG is the lead agency in the implementation of the E-CLIP, which entitles a former rebel to receive immediate assistance of P15,000; livelihood assistance, P50,000; firearms remuneration, P12,000 to P500,000; half-way house assistance; PhilHealth enrollment and medical assistance; education assistance; housing assistance; legal assistance; and healing and reconciliation initiatives. The FRs, once belonging to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), were from the cities of Escalante and Bago and the municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto. The reintegration assistance is being used for the subsistence or meal cost of FRs who have been placed under the protection of government troops while processing their other benefits under the E-CLIP.
While Arsenal slipped up at West Brom and Manchester City were thrashed by Liverpool, United dug out a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road thanks to an injury-time own goal from Troy Deeney. Deeney thought he had snatched a draw when he cancelled out Memphis Depay’s opener with an 87th-minute penalty, but the Hornets captain undid his good work by bundling in Bastian Schweinsteiger’s shot-cum-cross minutes later. Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard believes the last-gasp winner against Watford on Saturday sent out a strong statement of intent to their title rivals. Press Association Arsenal and City’s defeats mean Louis van Gaal’s side move second in the table, one point behind Leicester, and Lingard believes the gutsy win delivered a psychological blow in the race at the top. “It’s massive,” Lingard told ManUtd.com. “It’s a bit of a statement to the other teams, who will look at this and see we’ve won. It puts a bit more pressure on them, but it’s a good feeling to be back up there. “It was a great way to end the game. I thought it was a scrappy match overall, the conditions didn’t help, but we had to keep our concentration throughout and it’s great to get the win. “There are a lot of games coming up, we’ve got a lot of injuries at the moment and have to adapt to that, I thought we did that well today. As long as we win as many games as we can over Christmas, I think we’ll be fine.” It has been an encouraging fortnight for Lingard, who has now started all of United’s last three matches as well as earning a late call-up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the game against France. The 22-year-old was lively on Saturday too, occupying Watford’s defence with a number of dangerous runs in behind while combining well with fill-in forward Depay. Van Gaal praised both players after the match but Lingard thought he should have put the game to bed before Schweinsteiger forced Deeney’s error. “We created a lot of chances, and personally I should have scored a couple of clear-cut chances,” Lingard said. “I’ve obviously got to work on that but it’s great to see Basti at the back post to stick one in at the end. It’s been a long time coming for him, and he’s deserved it.”