FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija — The Commander of the 7th Infantry (KAUGNAY) Division, Philippine Army, Major General Andrew D. Costelo PA said that the Lubigan Farmers Association (LFA), a former Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) supporters, received 3K Tilapia fingerlings from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) of Region 3 during the turn-over ceremony held in Barangay Lubigan, San Jose, Tarlac on March 4, 2022.
According to MGen Costelo, the livelihood project led by the MTF-ELCAC of San Jose aims to create an additional source of income for the members of the LFA.
“Naging matagumpay itong proyektong pangkabuhayan para sa mga dating taga suporta ng CTG dahil sa ating pagkakaisa at pagtutulongan. Nawa’y palaguin ninyo ang pangkabuhayang ito na ibinigay ng ating pamahalaan. Layunin nitong matulongan ang inyong pang-araw araw na pamumuhay,” said MGen Costelo.
It can be recalled that the Community Support Program (CSP) team of the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Armor Division, Philippine Army have organized the members of the LFA following their withdrawal of support to CTGs last year.
Earlier, LFA’s members underwent livelihood training and seminar on fish raising in order for them to properly handle and sustain the said project.
The 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, after clearing the CTG influenced barangays of Tarlac and Zambales from CTG influence, has been resolute in its efforts to sustain the livelihood programs and projects for the CSP-organized peoples’ organization.
“Sa pamamagitan ng pagtataguyod ng kapakanan at kabuhayan ng mga dating biktima ng terorista ay atin silang mapoprotektahan at masisigurong hindi na mababalikan ng mga rebelde,” said Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Henry Z Cabusao, the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion.