Army, ex-rebels hold 1st Sinagtala Farm Harvest Fest
August 26, 2020 - Wednesday 1:08 PM by PNAHARVEST FEST. Government soldiers and former communist rebels hold the 1st Sinagtala Farm Harvest Festival in Barangay Calabuanan, Baler, Aurora on Tuesday (Aug. 25, 2020), which showcased the various vegetables and fruits they planted and harvested together. Witnessing the event was Governor Gerardo Noveras (center). (Photo by Jason de Asis)
BALER, Aurora – Military troops and former rebels celebrated on Tuesday the 1st Sinagtala Farm Harvest Festival showcasing the wide array of vegetables and other agricultural crops they planted and harvested together in a one-hectare land in Barangay Calabuanan here.
Lt. Col. Reandrew Rubio, commanding officer of the Army’s 91st Infantry Battalion (91IB), said the Sinagtala soldiers and surrendered rebels started to plant 4,500 chili pepper, 1,000 eggplant and 150 papaya seedlings last June 4.
“We harvested over 50 kilos of chili peppers. We are happy for the opportunity to promote the harvest of our former rebels,” Rubio said.
He said the activity manifested that the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) is indeed effective due to the strong partnership and close collaboration with the provincial government of Aurora (PGA) and other national government agencies (NGAs) in support of the national government's “Plant, Plant, Plant” program.
“We are very grateful of the support and services provided by the government, both local and national, to address the needs and aspirations of our former rebels who are beneficiaries of our Sinagtala farm,” Rubio said.
Governor Gerardo Noveras commended the 91IB for its efforts in helping former rebels become productive members of the society.
"The program is a big success. Helping our farmers from zero income, now they have bountiful harvest. If you give them a fish, your feed them for one day, if you teach them how to catch a fish, you feed them for a lifetime,” Noveras said.
The governor also advised the former rebels to embrace the programs espoused by the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Department of Trade and Industry, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Department of Agriculture, among others. Jason De Asis
DTI releases suggested retail price for school supplies
As the new school year ushers in, the Department of Trade and Industry has released a suggested retail price (SRP) to assist consumers in purchasin ...15 hours ago
SC ok'd transfer to Bilibid of Duterte's convicted two frat brods
The Supreme Court (SC) has given the go-signal for the transfer to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) of two fraternity brothers of former president Rodr ...15 hours ago
DOJ to request inclusion of inmates in National Vaccination Days
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Monday that they will ask the National Task Force against COVID-19 to include unvaccinate ...8 months ago
Globe blocks 71-M spam messages
Globe Telecom Inc. said Monday it blocked close to 71 million spam messages in this year alone as it heightens its anti-spam and anti-sca ...8 months ago