Tuesday, June 16, 2020

AFP, DA bring services closer to rural communities

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 16, 2020): AFP, DA bring services closer to rural communities (By 1LT ARGIE CLARENCE C TORRALBA PAF)

An AFP official during the distribution of relief packs. (Photo by AFP)

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, June 16 (PIA) - - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) have recently brought government services and other interventions closer to interior communities particularly in Rizal, Cagayan.

Through the collaboration of the members of the 355th Aviation Engineer Wing, Tactical Operations Group 2, Tactical Operations Wing Northern Luzon of the Philippine Air Force and 17th Infantry Batallion, 5th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and DA Region 2, at least 105 households at Barangay Sinicking, Rizal have benefitted from the outreach program.

Aside from relief packs, the household-beneficiaries received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the AFP and vegetable seeds as part of the Ahon Lahat, Pagkain Sapat Kontra sa COVID-19 (ALPAS COVID-19) program of DA.

A DA personnel explaining the Ahon Lahat, Pagkain Sapat Kontra sa COVID-19 (ALPAS COVID-19) program of DA to some farmers at Barangay Sinicking, Rizal. (Photo by AFP)

Meanwhile, some DA personnel also provided orientations to farmers in the area to ensure the availability and sustainability of food and to provide an alternative livelihood during the duration of the community quarantine.

Profiling of farmers in the said barangay was also conducted in order to facilitate technical support to their agricultural and other related-livelihood activities.

This collaboration between AFP and DA is in support to the government's whole-of-nation-approach in ending local communist armed conflict and one of the key strategies to address the community’s concerns and liberate them from the communist-terrorist groups' (CTGs) exploitation and deception. (ALM/PIA-Region 2/1LT ARGIE CLARENCE C TORRALBA PAF, Civil-Military Operations Officer)

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