BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- Aimed to uplift the lives of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU)- Active Auxiliary (CAA) members, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga Region in partnership with the 75th Infantry Battalion (75IB), Philippine Army has strengthen its support to the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and CAAs by providing livelihood assistance.
According to Captain Edwin Leo Francisco, 75IB Civil-Military Operations (CMO) officer, the livelihood program is under the Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4Ks) implemented by the DA. This program is funded by the DA's Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) as part of the government's effort of empowering the IPs to alleviate their lives from poverty.
The 4Ks project implementation is one of the directives of President Duterte's administration through the provision of assistance in the form of agriculture and fisheries-related livelihood opportunities intended for IPs, it was learned.
"This is another milestone for the 75th IB since the CAAs of the unit will be first to avail of the 4Ks program throughout the 4th Infantry "Diamond" Division," said Captain Francisco.
This project will certainly elevate the lives of the CAAs who only received subsistence allowance which is not enough to sustain the needs of their respective families, Captain Francisco added.
Meanwhile, 75IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Warren Munda expressed his gratitude to the DA-Caraga for the opportunity that could benefit the 554 CAA members under his command.
"This project will have a great impact on the welfare and progress of our CAAs under the 75IB. This simply shows that the government is indeed pushing forward their services to make it closer to our CAAs," Lt. Col. Munda said. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)