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Farmers from former conflict areas showcase products in tribal village

PEOPLE’S organizations from the hinterlands of Davao del Sur, Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat showcased their local agricultural products at the tribal village in line with the celebration of the 38th Kadayawan Festival at Magsaysay Park on Aug. 10.

First Lieutenant Sharmaine Dela Rosa, civil-military operation (CMO) officer, said the Rano Farmers Association (RAFA) from Digos City, Makilala Federation of Tribal Chieftains (MFTC) of Makilala, Cotabato, and Peace and Development Farmers Association (PDVFA) of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat proved that they can improve their lives without the influence of the communist rebels. 

She said breaking free from the clutches of the communist terrorist group (CTGs) that hampered the development in the communities was the best thing that ever happened to these farmers.

As a result, they have transformed into small-scale business owners following the successful implementation of the 39th Infantry Battalion’s Community Support Program and the convergence efforts of different government agencies by institutionalizing the government’s “whole-of-nation” approach.

She said the activity further promotes inclusivity and entrepreneurial opportunities to former conflict-affected and vulnerable communities.


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