by AMP Susbilla

Some 30 rebel returnees received farm inputs and agricultural reading materials from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Western Visayas during the Capiz Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) Serbisyo Caravan at Putian National High School in Cuartero Capiz, September 25.

DA distributed 10 kilograms of glutinous corn, 1 kilo of pole sitao and patola, 1/2 kilogram of okra and malunggay, and 78 assorted packs of upland and hybrid vegetable seeds to the beneficiaries.

The group also availed garden tools such as plastic drums, nylon string, seedling trays, mulching polyethylene, hose, spades, spading forks, hoes, trowels, bolo, water sprinklers, and wheel barrows.

To provide the community with the latest farm technology production guides, DA also distributed several copies of IEC materials.

” The Department is continuously giving free planting materials, vegetable seeds and other agricultural assistance to uplift the lives not only of the farmers but also of the less fortunate communities,” Dumarao Research Outreach Station Chief Marcelina Crispino told.

Led by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the caravan is an inter-agency convergence initiative to contribute to the transformation of the former rebels in Brgy. Puti-an through the Retooled Community Support Program in Capiz.

The PRLEC of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) is assembling national government agencies and the private sector to aid communities in need of support for social development. Other PRLEC member-agencies including TESDA, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Agrarian Reform, Philippine Coconut Authority, Department of Science and Technology, Philippine Information Agency, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines had also turned over their interventions to the said group.