by Vincent Philip Bautista
CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental (PIA)–The 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion (58IB), in partnership with the ACES Philproducers Corporation (APC) and National Dairy Authority (NDA), held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Integrated Agribusiness in Mindanao project for former rebels held at Barangay Gumaod, Claveria, March 3.
The Integrated Agribusiness Mindanao Project will hire 50 people from the New Indigenous Barangay Plaridel Farmers Association (NIBPFA). These people are former rebels who will work as construction workers on the project.
NDA Administrator Gabriel Lagamayo and APC President Glenda Lita Ersando both stressed that the groundbreaking ceremony sets the stage for the rest of the project and serves as a reminder that the Integrated Agribusiness Project is more than just a construction site, but also a symbol of hope and progress for the people and the region.
Christian Uy, 58IB commander, said the collaboration is one of many examples in the province of a whole-of-nation approach to ending local communist armed conflict through mechanisms that benefit everyone. (VPSB/PIA-10/Misamis Oriental)