FREE COCONUT SEEDS. Troops of the 91st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army hand out dwarf coconut seedlings to members of popular organizations in Barangay Diteki, San Luis and Aurora in an undated photo. The seedlings were donated by the Philippine Coconut Agency. (Courtesy photo by 91IB, Philippine Army)
BALER, Aurora – The 91st Infantry Battalion “Sinagtala” (91IB) of the Philippine Army has started to distribute coconut seedlings as support for qualified farmers as part of their project to disseminate coconuts, which is part of the ELCAC (End to Local Communist Armed Conflict) program of the Government in the province of Aurora is carried out.
Lt. Col. Reandrew P. Rubio, commander of the 91IB, said in an interview on Wednesday that the troops wanted to distribute seedlings to 151 distant villages across the province.
He noted that they completed the project with the delivery of a total of 120 coconut seedlings to Solo Parents Association President Elizabeth B. Quijero and Indigenous Peoples Association President Carmina Q. Biag, both from Barangay Diteki, San Luis City, on April 6th had started.
The distribution was made by 1st Lt. Stewart A. Cerbo and Staff Sgt. Leonard M. Framil under the supervision of 1st Lt. Hamilton D. Dawaton.
“As part of the government’s ELCAC livelihood program, we at 91IB could reassure the public that appropriate government programs and services are being provided to their communities. We will ensure that farmers are able to update the government’s food supply program during these challenging times. Therefore, we would like to pay tribute to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) as one of our partner agencies for providing this type of resource and for the deliberate efforts to improve agriculture in the province, and encourage farmers to repeat this kind gesture. Plant the seedlings given ” said Rubio.
The 91IB also facilitated the distribution of PCA registration forms to qualified coconut farmers to help them take advantage of the various benefits of the agency’s programs.
Rubio also said the ELCAC initiative aims to involve more farmers in the projects and programs of various agencies in the agricultural sector.
In the meantime, he renewed her appeal to the remnants of the communist terrorist groups to “give up the armed struggle and be with their families and loved ones”. (PNA)