Malapatan, Sarangani Province – Members of Alying Farmers Livelihood Organization harvested 15 kilos of petchay in a former NPA stronghold in Sitio Alying, Sapu Masla, Malapatan, Sarangani Province.

Most of the members of the farmer’s organization were deceived by the communist terrorist organization. They were exploited to support the armed group of the failed communist ideology.

The Gulayan sa Kalinaw Project was launched by the LGU of Malapatan in coordination with the 73IB last April 1, 2020. Seeds and fertilizers were initially provided by Agricultural Training Institute headed by Mr. Abdul Daya-an. A 3-day training was also conducted inside the Alpha Company Headquarters of 73IB, which provided the members technical knowledge in crop production.

The harvested petchay were sold at Malapatan Public Market. “Malaking tulong na sa amin ang mga petchay na naibenta pangtustos sa mga gastusin ng aking mga kauban kung kaya’t nagpapasalamat ako sa mga kasundaluhan ng 73IB dahil sa pagtulong nila sa Gulayan Project.” Robertson Diamoda said. He is the president of the organization.

“The spirit of ‘Bayanihan’ was exemplified by the people of the So Alying as they helped each other to be productive residents. I hope this is just a start of something big for the residents of So Alying” Lt. Col. Ronaldo G Valdez, Commander of 73IB, said.