TABUK CITY, Kalinga: The Office of Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) has conducted the last phase of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) process for the last batch of Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) in the region.
According to OPAPP DDR program coordinator, Director Pamela Padilla, the activity was focused on the issuance of checks to the last 176 individuals in the region who have undergone the final disposition of arms as provided by the government and CPLA Closure Agreement signed in June 2011.
Of the total number, 34 were from Apayao, of which 24 availed of the livelihood program, four were employed as forest guards through the environment department and one opted to be integrated with the Philippine Army.
In Abra, six availed of the livelihood and one is now integrated with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Two from Benguet opted to be employed as forest guards.
For Mountain Province, 47 availed of the livelihood program, seven were hired as forest guards and one joined the AFP.
Eight members also availed of the livelihood in Ifugao while four were employed as forest guards. In Kalinga, 55 availed of the livelihood program, eight chose to be hired as forest guards and three are now in the Army.
“Those who have availed of the program were the CPLA members identified to have agreed and committed to the MOA which is geared towards the final disposition of arms and forces and the group’s transformation as an un-armed, socio-economic entity to positively contribute to the peace and development of their communities,” Padilla said.
She emphasized that only those who were identified through the agreement and profiled could avail of said program and receive financial assistance and remuneration for their surrendered firearms based on the kind of caliber and serviceability.