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‘Moro Islamic Liberation Front Camps’ In The Philippines Transforming Into Peaceful Communities

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MILF camps to transform into peaceful communities

Current and former agriculture secretaries will turn over initial agricultural equipment and materials to the farmers of six previously acknowledged Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) camps in Maguindanao and Lanao provinces on January 6.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala led the service presentation ceremony of the farmers’ assistance program with former DA Secretary and Philippine government (GPH) peace panel member Senen Bacani at the Bangsamoro Leadership Management Institute in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

The program is an initial confidence-building measure under the Bangsamoro peace process with the end in view of transforming these areas into peaceful and productive communities.

The initiative was organized by the Task Force Camps Transformation (TFCT), in partnership with the DA-Farmer’s Assistance Program and is part of the normalization process stipulated under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed between the MILF and the Philippine government.

Turnover of equipment

Among the equipment and materials that will be turned over to farmers in the MILF-acknowledged communities are six (6) units of heavy-duty 90HP farm tractor with complete accessories; six (6) units of cassava grater; three (3) units of hand tractor; 1200 bags of palay seeds and fertilizer; and 1200 bags of OPV corn seeds and fertilizer.

Also part of the assistance are planting materials such as 300 pieces of assorted rambutan, lanzones, jackfruit seedlings; and 300 pieces coffee, achuete, and guyabano seedlings. Eighteen carabaos will also be turned over for distribution to local farmers in conflict-affected areas.

In addition, certificates of commitment from the DA will be given during the event for the upcoming delivery of 16 units of non-motorized bancas; 160 units of fish traps or “baliyat”; 12 modules of goats (one module is composed of 4 female goats and one male goat); 18 heads of cattle; 6 units of corn sheller; 6 units of corn mill.

Said equipment and farm animals will be turned over to local beneficiaries in a span of two to three months.

These areas are in the vicinity of former MILF Camp Abubakar as-Siddique, Camp Badre, and Camp Omar ibn al-Khattab in Maguindanao; Camp Rajamuda in North Cotabato and Maguindanao; Camp Bilal in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur; and Camp Busrah Somiorang in Lanao del Sur.

The event is expected to be joined by more or less 1,000 participants, including members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) and the farmer-beneficiaries.

{Source: Philippine Government – Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process}

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[photo credits-featured image: By Keith Kristoffer Bacongco from Davao, Philippines (war exercise) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons]

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