Davao City – The 1003rd Infantry (Raptor ) Brigade in collaboration with the 16IB, 27IB, TESDA-XI, Davao City Peace 911, City Agriculturist’s Office, members of Brgy Lumiad Fish Farmers Association and Brgy Lumiad Youth Association conducted a Ceremonial Planting of Vegetables at Brgy Lumiad, Paquibato District, Davao City on July 09, 2020.
Approximately 2,500 hills eggplants and 600 hills sweet bell peppers were planted.
After the ceremony, a dialogue was conducted with 232 former Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) supporters from Brgy Lumiad and 138 from Sitio KTC, Brgy Malabog, both of Paquibato District, Davao City. The dialogue focused on resolving issues with the intent of ending the support to the CTGs coming from their underground mass supporters.
Two (2) Former Rebels, who were once organizers shared their experiences and sufferings while in the rebel movement. As a result, fifty-three (53) residents from Brgy Lumiad and twenty-five (25) from Sitio KTC, Brgy Malabog publicly surfaced as mass supporters of the CTGs.
Brigadier General Nolasco Mempin, Commander of the 1003rd Brigade said, “the surfacing of CTG mass supporters is an indication of the effectiveness of government agencies bringing in programs which focuses on resolving issues affecting the people”.
It demonstrates the faithful and sincere support of the government through providing sustainable development programs and services to the local communities that will aid them to supply their needs and extend its program especially in the far-flung areas.
Moreover, the response of the populace indicates that they are now fully informed and aware of the atrocities and deceptions of the CTGs.