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Livelihood Opportunities thru Cooperative a Fresh Start for Former Rebels in Hacienda Luista, Tarlac

Livelihood Opportunities

The government’s whole-of-nation approach to ending local communist armed conflict is yielding results while continuously providing livelihood opportunities to former rebels with the aim of establishing a peaceful environment conducive to economic development.

Enlightened by the Communist Terrorist Group’s deception and manipulations, peasants who were former members of the defunct Alyansa ng Magbubukid ng Asyenda Luisita (AMBALA) who reorganized and turned to a cooperative called the Malayang Magsasaka ng Asyenda Luisita (MALAYA) will soon benefit from the livelihood opportunities provided by the government through an Agricultural Cooperative Store.

Bearing the theme “Kooperatiba Hatid ay Bagong Pag-asa at Simula Para sa MALAYA”, government officials of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict 3, along with the Local Government Unit of Tarlac City and the Northern Luzon Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines, led the groundbreaking ceremony of the MALAYA Cooperative Store at Barangay Ungot, Tarlac City on Monday, October 24, 2022.

The cooperative store will be constructed with the help of the 522nd Engineers and Construction Brigade of the Philippine Army (Central Luzon Builders) and it will be expected to be completed and will be fully operational in no time. The cooperative store will sell agricultural inputs that will be expected to generate income for the MALAYA members.

Livelihood Opportunities

Florida “Ka Pong” Sibayan, the chairwoman of MALAYA along with the members expressed their gratitude to the government for the assistance they received. She assured them of their continuous cooperation in all the government’s peace and development efforts.

She also stated that, with the government’s support for the Farmers, the CTG had no place in Hacienda Luisita, because they declared themselves free from the influence and manipulations of the CTG, leading them to name themselves MALAYA.

Livelihood Opportunities

“Kapit-bisig tayo, kapag may dumating na CPP-NPA itaboy natin, at patuloy tayong babangon na mga magsasaka para sa taong bayan. ” Said Ka Pong.

Meanwhile, government authorities emphasized their support for MALAYA’s continuous growth and progress.

The assistance/livelihood provided to the MALAYA exemplifies the collaboration among the RTF-ELCAC agencies in Central Luzon together with the Northern Luzon Command AFP.

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