ILOILO City – The national governmentis releasing P580-million worth of social package to 310 members of theRevolutionary Proletarian Army – Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) who are set toundergo decommissioning this week. They will be trained because theirconcern is that “they will be prone to abuse of their former comrades from theNew People’s Army,” said Pancito. The package consists of socialprotection programs, capacity development, livelihood and employmentassistance, housing assistance, financial aid, and projects to boost economicactivity in RPA-ABB areas. The former combatants are from thecities of Cadiz, Kabankalan and San Carlos, and Cauayan town, all in NegrosOccidental; Ibajay, Aklan; Maasin, Iloilo; and Tanjay City, Negros Oriental. After the training, these formercombatants will have their own detachments at the eight Peace DevelopmentCommunity sites manned by them. “We’re looking after their welfare,”Pancito said. Further, the group will be trained onthe military way of peace and security operations for two months. Captain Cenon Pancito, chief of thePhilippine Army 3rd Infantry Division’s Public Affairs Office, said the Officeof the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process has given the go-signal torelease the amount. The demands of the group were jointlytalked and approved with the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces ofthe Philippines. The RPA-ABB is a splinter group of theNew People’s Army. It claims to have influence in 100 barangays in the country,91 of which are in Western Visayas. The RPA-ABB is currently known asKapatiran para sa Progresibong Panlipunan. It signed a peace agreement with thegovernment in 2000. (LTP, CBA, PIA-6/PN) “We call on the NPA operating inWestern and Central Visayas to take a cue from this group,” Pancito said.