Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – In a bid to address the issue of poverty and lack of livelihood, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), as the lead agency of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster of PTF-ELCAC Tarlac, conducted two-day livelihood training to 51 members of Tambayan-Farmers Association composed of IPs in Sitio Pisapungan, Brgy Sta Juliana, Capas, Tarlac last September 16-17, 2021.
The Tambayan-Farmers Association is a People’s Organization organized with the help of the Army’s Community Support Program team. Members are composed of former Milisyang Bayan and CTG supporters exploited by using the issue of ancestral domain, poverty, and lack of livelihood.
Among the training for the IPs were Produce and Plant Vigorous Seedlings, Management of Breeder Bucks and Does, and Basic Entrepreneurship. Apart from that, the participants also received food packs containing assorted groceries, bread and pastries, hygiene kits, bed sheets, personal hygiene kits, and assorted clothes.
“Kami po ay nagpapasalamat sa inyong lahat lalo na sa mga kasundaluhan. Noon po ang Sitio Pisapungan ay may maraming mahabagin at malungkot na karanasan, pero dumating po ang takdang panahon na may mga taong tumulong dito sa aming lugar. Ako po ay nagpapasalamat sa mga taong tumutulong sa amin na sila po ang nagbigay sa amin ng tuwid na daan hanggang sa kasalukuyan sa aming mga anak. Unti-unting nabibigyan ng kaliwanagan ang kaisipan ng bawat isa dito sa Sitio Pisapungan,” said Hon. Alfredo Tiago, Chieftain of Sitio Pisapungan.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Henry Z Cabusao, the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion thanked the IPs for their appreciation of the unit’s efforts in delivering government services to their community.
“Ang inyong kasundaluhan ay nagpapasalamat sa inyong pinakitang kooperasyon at paraan ng pagpapasalamat, ito ay nagpapatunay lamang na sa pamamagitan ng kapayapaan ay meron kaunlaran kaya’t wala nang puwang ang baluktot na ideolohiya ng mga teroristang grupo sa inyong komunidad,” said Lieutenant Colonel Cabusao.
He also expressed his gratitude to the training team from TESDA for their unwavering commitment to reach out and train the IPs despite the challenges of continuous rainfall and rugged terrain. Truly they proved the “TESDA Abot Lahat” camapign even in the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs).
The said training was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Concepcion Vocational School-TESDA, Rotary Club – Midtown Tarlac, JVP King Bread Corporation, BTF- ELCAC of Brgy Sta Juliana, 31st Mechanized Infantry Company, 22nd Special Action Company, and Capas PNP.
The Acting Commander of 7th Infantry (KAUGNAY) Division, Philippine Army Brigadier General Luis Rex Bergante PA said that the Army fully supports the initiatives of PRLEC intended for the members of Indigenous Community addressing the root causes of poverty.
“Nawa’y magamit niyo ang pagsasanay na ito upang mas mapaunlad niyo pa ang inyong kabuhayan. Narito ang gobyerno upang suportahan ang magandang layunin ng inyong organisasyon,” said Brigadier General Bergante.