Camp General Manuel T Yan Sr., Mawab, Davao de Oro- Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office XII conferred
Alyeng Farmers Livelihood Association on June 18, 2020 through the efforts of Community Development Team (CDT) of 73IB under 10th Infantry Division.
Alyeng Farmers Livelihood Association is a People’s Organization organized by 73IB in Barangay Sapu, Malapatan Sarangani Province has been registered and conferred by DOLE XII “with all the rights and privileges of the legitimate worker’s association established for the moral aid and protection of its members. It shall promote the moral, social and economic well-being of its members and shall have the right to represent them in accordance with its constitution and by-laws and purposes not contrary to Law.”
CDT work is part of strenghtening and empowering POs in cleared areas by tapping the expertise of Private sectors and facilitating the Programs of the National and Local Government Agencies.
Likewise, the Philippine Coconut Authority of Sarangani Province headed by its Senior Agriculturist, approved the CDT’s request of 1,000 coconut seedlings to be distributed to the members of Alyeng Farmers Livelihood Association.
Moreover, PCA will conduct trainings on agri-technology to former rebels being the recipients of the seedlings. PCA staff visited the location where the seedlings to be planted and was able to identify the best suited variety. As part of the continuing partnership and sustainability of the project, PCA is committed to provide the soldiers the same training in agri-technology.
Meanwhile, Major General Rueben S Basiao AFP, Commander 10ID expressed gratitude to DOLE XII for certifying the Alyeng Farmers Livelihood Association as legitimate worker’s association. “Our main objective is for POs to be self-reliant and to develop sustainable food production programs as part of their efforts in developing conflict-resilient communities.” Likewise, MGen Basiao lauded the 73IB CDT for a job well done. “In this most trying time that people is faced with different threats, our CDTs shall connect the government to the people. It is only when government is felt that issues on the ground are addressed,” he added.