Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – In a bid to assist the Indigenous People’s families in Sitio Manibukyot, Barangay Bueno, Capas and Sitio Baag, Brgy Iba, San Jose both of Tarlac Province in its livelihood, the Members Church of God International (MCGI), in coordination with the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion distributed live goats and farm equipment in a simple turn-over ceremony on October 07, 2021.
Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Henry Z Cabusao, Commanding Officer of 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion said that instead of giving traditional food packs, the MCGI and his unit gave livelihood assistance to the IP families to help their farming activities and to add additional sources of income.
Said IP community has been a victim of Communist Terrorist Group’s exploitation using the issues of poverty, social injustice, and ancestral domain.
Yet, with the intensive implementation of the Community Support Program of the Army in the Barangays, they became awakened with the fact of the dangers brought by the CTG and now resist the latter’s presence in their community.
“There are so many generous stakeholders who wish to share their blessings in Tarlac and Zambales, and we are trying our best to influence them to give something to the IP community which will last and will help alleviate their living conditions. With this, we can protect the IPs from CTG exploitation while helping them in their day-to-day lives. We are very fortunate that MCGI truly cares and they sincerely want to help,” said Lieutenant Colonel Cabusao.
Meanwhile, the Acting Commander of the 7th Infantry (KAUGNAY) Division, Philippine Army Brigadier General Luis Rex D Bergante PA extended his gratitude to MCGI for their partnership with the Army in assisting our IP families in their livelihood citing that strong collaboration with stakeholders can reach more people in need.
“We value the role of our IP community in our society that is why we support endeavors that would uplift their way of living. In partnership with our private stakeholders, we can help more IP community. Kaya nagpapasalamat po ang inyong kasundaluhan sa MCGI sa kanilang mabubuting puso na patuloy na nag-aabot ng tulong sa ating mga kababayan,” said Brigadier General Bergante.