Secretary, DILG
E-mail: emanodilg@dilg.gov.ph
Undersecretary for Local Government
E-mail: mcsacendoncillo@dilg.gov.ph
Regional Director
E-mail: mliringan@dilg.gov.ph
Assistant Regional Director
E-mail: aasanjose@dilg.gov.ph
CONTACT NO#: (074) 422-6339

A Former Rebel (FR) in the Cordilleras received a total of PhP 65,000 cash assistance and benefits through the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP). 

The ECLIP is a program for former rebels and members of the Militia ng Bayan who decided to abandon armed struggle in order to return to the fold of law. This is to facilitate former rebels in the reintegration to civilian life and to become productive and law-abiding members of society.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) - administered package under ECLIP includes Immediate Assistance (15,000.00), Livelihood Assistance (50,000.00), and Firearm Remuneration (double the cost valuation of the firearm). A Reintegration Assistance (21,000.00) is also included to cover administrative expenses. Additionally, FRs can also qualify for a house and lot or a housing grant from the National Housing Authority (NHA) amounting to as much as PhP 450,000.00.

“It is the earnest effort of the government to welcome back our brothers and sisters who wish to return back to society for a peaceful life. Our concept of peace would include embracing the values that are important in our hearts, that is, integrity, excellence through government service, transparency, and accountability,” DILG-CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan said firmly.

Brig. Gen. Henry Doyaoen, Commanding Officer of the 503rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, adviced citizens to voice out criticisms that are constructive and would benefit the country. Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. R’win Pagkalinawan, Regional Director of the Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR), also encouraged citizens to seek the support of the government instead of rebel groups in order to advance certain advocacies.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong also added, “there will come a time when we will have to make a choice to support the government and to advocate for peace. Let’s start a dialogue”. To date, 188 FRs in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have benefitted from the ECLIP with 124 from the Militia ng Bayan and 64 from the New People’s Army (NPA). A total of PhP 15,160,000 DILG-administered financial assistance have already been awarded to these FRs.  Other government agencies such as the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and local government units (LGUs) also provide assistance for FRs.

"Matino, Mahusay at Maaasahan"

“We are in the middle of a global health crisis; we are faced with a difficult situation but this does not mean that we will be paralyzed into inaction. The pandemic gives us more reasons to perform better.”

This was the statement of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Cordillera regional director Marlo Iringan on why inter-agency convergence should carry on amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

On June 19, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary and Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for the Cordillera Dr. William Dar presided over the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in a joint meeting with Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) which was presided over by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong at the Baguio Country Club.

“In spite of the crisis, we see the accomplishments of the regional task force as very significant. We would like a win-win solution [in ending armed conflict] because we are all Filipinos here. We will continue to win their hearts,” said Sec. Dar when asked on the performance of the Cordillera RTF-ELCAC.

One item in the agenda during the joint meeting was the presentation of accomplishments of the ELCAC’s twelve (12) clusters for the 49 priority barangays, and plans for the remaining months of the year.

The DILG presented the accomplishment of five (5) clusters: Local Government Empowerment; Sectoral Unification, Capacity-building, and Empowerment; Basic Services; Localized Peace Engagement; and Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) and Amnesty.

Aside from the formulation and implementation of policies and plans, Dir. Iringan reported some significant accomplishments of the DILG-led clusters – resolution declaring over 600 CPP-NPA-NDF as persona non-grata in different LGUs, provision of benefits and other assistance to former rebels amounting to almost three (3) million pesos, more than eight (8) million-peso worth of sustainable livelihood programs, infrastructure projects, education, among many others.

Also to share his perspective on anti-insurgency is Sadanga, Mt. Province Mayor Gabino Ganggangan who said firmly, “It is time for the real representatives of the people, the elected local leaders to speak up. There is a need to address this problem. So my question to every LGU, where are you in this war? Make a stand because we are trying to win two battles here – COVID19 and armed conflict.”

As the chairperson of the Cordillera RPOC, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong presided the second part meeting where member agencies presented updates on peace and order, security, drug situations, and apprehended forest products and conveyances. Anti-rape framework and information, education campaign was also tackled.

“I am really glad that we continue to really work hard and work closely with RTF-ELCAC. Amidst the pandemic, our forces were still able to deliver what is expected of them so far as the campaign against communist terrorism is concerned,” said Mayor Magalong.

Both RTF-ELCAC and RPOC renewed and toughened their commitments to further enhance their frameworks while embracing the new normal the pandemic has brought. ###

"Matino, Mahusay at Maaasahan"


Based on the latest report from the Department of the Interior and Local Government Cordillera regional office (DILG-CAR) dated June 12, 2020, there are already 1,633 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) in the region who were sent home.

During a joint virtual meeting with the members of the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC), the chairperson of the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) and DILG Cordillera regional director Marlo Iringan reported the exact number of LSIs who were assisted through coordination with concerned agencies and local government units (LGUs).

Out of the 2,493 enlisted LSIs, 1,633 were sent home or have reached their destinations and are following standard health protocols, 473 are currently processing their requirements such as medical certificates and travel authority, while 387 are still pending and undergoing verification whether to push through the intention to travel back to residences or to discontinue the plan.

Of which, 340 are students, 577 are workers, 76 are tourists, while the rest falls under various categories. 1,064 individuals are inbound or those who came home in different places here in the region while 569 are outbound or those who were sent home to provinces outside Cordillera.

It is recalled that the DILG has issued memorandum circular 87 directing LGUs to put up help desks intended to aid stranded individuals and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). There are also established one-stop-shop for the management of LSIs at the local level.

In a report from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Cordillera, there are already 710 OFWs who were assisted from May 1 to June 9. There are 563 OFWs who were served at the Baguio Teacher’s Camp Quarantine Facility since April 17.

Out of the 2,939 applications for DOLE-AKAP (financial assistance for displaced OFWs) received by OWWA, 1,842 were successfully endorsed to the Cordillera regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-CAR).

Aside from the national government programs, the assistance provided to stranded individuals was made possible through the initiatives of the LGUs – Oplan SUMAAR of Mountain Province, Oplan GAWID of Ifugao, Oplan Mahuli ne Wahi of Apayao, Returning Baguio Residents (RBR), and Oplan Mangulin in Kalinga.

Even with the challenges being encountered in assisting LSIs (limited resources such as vehicles to fetch and ferry LSIs, and limited time for coordination with concerned offices and LGUs), the DILG-CAR continues to harmonize its efforts with other regional line agencies and LGUs in order to provide timely services during this tough times.

Meanwhile, as the chairperson of RIATF, Dir. Iringan shared with the member agencies of the task force the possible adoption of the ‘zoning concept’ by the national task force. Further, the RIATF also recommends the adoption of the Police Regional Office Cordillera (PRO-Cor) proposal to require returning government employees to secure travel authority and return-to-work order prior to travelling.

“Sa gitna ng lahat ng nangyayari, marami pa tayong kailangang bunuin upang malabanan ang covid19 pandemic, nawa’y pag-igihin at lalong paghusayin pa natin ang gating mga ginagawa sa panahong ito,” said Dir. Iringan to fellow public servants.

"Matino, Mahusay at Maaasahan"


As the region transitions to more relaxed community quarantine measures, the Department of the Interior and Local Government Cordillera regional office (DILG-CAR) enjoins the public and the local government units (LGUs) to remain vigilant and adapt to the new normal to avoid the spread of 2019 corona virus disease (COVID-19).

Based on the COVID-19 Inter-agency Task Force Resolution No. 41, all six (6) provinces and highly urbanized city in the region are included in the list of areas that are placed under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that LGUs should strictly implement the minimum health standards – use of face masks in public places, implementation of curfew, observance of physical distancing, limited capacity in allowed public transportation, among others. He also said that LGUs must utilize their authority to impose localized lockdowns in critical barangays so long as there in concurrence with the regional IATF.

“Dapat paigtingin ng mga opisyal sa ating mga lokal na pamahalaan mula sa probinsya hanggang sa mga barangay ang kanilang mga ginagawa para masigurong ligtas lahat mula sa pagkalat ng sakit; nakasalalay sa inyo na mabawasan ang mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa inyong komunidad,” he added.

DILG Cordillera regional director Marlo Iringan re-echoed the statement of Sec. Año, saying, “MGCQ means more activities are allowed, more individuals are permitted to go outside, therefore we need to be more careful. Although we are now under MGCQ, we need to be reminded that the virus remains a threat to the community. Isang malaking hamon sa’tin kung paano natin sasanayin ang ating mga sarili na palagiang sundin ang minimum health procotols. Ang gusto natin ay maging bahagi ang mamamayan sa solusyon at hindi magiging bahagi ng problema.”

Dir. Iringan also clarified on the issue of quarantine passes now that the region is under MGCQ, saying that passes are no longer mandatory unless the LGU will require it, specifically in critical and buffer zones. LGUs have the discretion to implement their local guidelines so long as it does not contradict the basic policies from IATF.
In a memorandum issued by DILG on June 1, it was also underscored that travels across provinces will still require a travel authority except for work-related undertakings.

Meanwhile, the DILG Cordillera is doing its best to adapt to the new normal by enhancing its Information Technology (IT) capability to make sure that the services being rendered by the office are not compromised amid the crisis. Further, the office is currently preparing for the Quality Management System surveillance audit through a series of online meetings.

Although, the ‘no visitor policy’ is being implemented in the regional office and all its field operating units, DILG CAR assures its clients that it shall continue to provide quality service and will act on the concerns of its stakeholders virtually.

“We will still continue to perform as expected. We are not yet off the hook considering that the vaccine or the cure is yet to be discovered. We prepare together,” concluded Dir. Iringan in a virtual teleconference last June 3.

"Matino, Mahusay at Maaasahan"
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