TAGO, Surigao del Sur, July 30 – The Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of Surigao del Sur (SDS) thru the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) conducted coco coir twine training to the Former Rebels (FRs) and locals which was started last
July 25, 2019 held at Sitio Ibuan, Mampi, Lanuza, this province.
A total of 80 former rebels (FRs) and locals of Sitio Ibuan had undergone the said training which was initiated by the representatives from the PCA being the experts on coco coir twinning process.
The said training is part of the PCA response to the peace and development programs of the PRLEC SDS and the commitment of the cluster during the launching of enterprise development, skills and livelihood program for FRs and the Community last July 18 2019.
“For the longest time, we are thankful to the government and the army for giving us importance in alleviating our lives to poverty. This training means a lot to us, I saw that the government is serious to their commitment to give us a better future,” one of the local folks said.
Mr. Manuel S. Ortega, trainer, PCA-Coconut Development Officer (CCDO) led the training with Henri Roy Orbeta, CCDO from Marihatag, Shernilyn Guzman, CCDO from Bayabas, Ms. Maria Annaliza Mellina CCDO from Lanuza all of SDS together with the assistance of the Army’s 36IB and the Barangay local government unit.
In his statement, Ltc Xerxes Trinidad, Commander, 36IB said that the training is just the beginning of the peace and development programs of PRLEC. “More trainings and livelihood to come, just commit their self because this training and livelihood program is a government
commitment for them to alleviate their lives,”
He also lauded the PCA for the bold move and efforts to reach out their service to the community.
“The most important is your acceptance and your commitment to the government to be resilient individuals in order to contribute to the attainment of just and lasting peace in the province,” Army official ended
PRLEC is one of the 12 government line of efforts which is anchored on President Duterte Executive Order Number 70 creating the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict or NTF-ELCAC which calls for a Whole-of-Nation approach to attain an inclusive and sustainable peace.
Ms. Mellina, the CCDO in charge in Sitio Ibuan will in-charge in the monitoring and assessment of the progress of the training.
Coco coir is extensively used to rehabilitate deserts, enhance greens in golf courses and prevent soil erosion in riverbanks and highways. It is also an excellent growing medium for landscape plants and grasses since the fiber has natural rooting hormones and good water-holding
capacity.(1Lt Jonald Romorosa,CMO,36IB).