By Mike U. Crismundo

BUTUAN CITY – The government task force to end communist armed conflict brings equipments, solar power, fingerlings and farm seeds to far-flung farmers in Bukidnon province.

The Impasugong Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC), a task force institutionalizing the Whole-of-Nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable development brings joy and optimism as it delivers P 4.4 million worth of farm equipment to the Kalabugao Farmers on Friday (June 27).

The Department of Agriculture (DA-10) turned-over 2 units of Floating Tiller-Boat type, 2 units Kubota RT140 corn sheller, 200 bags of OPV white corn seeds, 1 Solar Power Irrigation System and 14,000 Tilapia fingerlings to the farmers.

The agency also donated 3 units of McCormick C110 Max 100 farm tractor with trailing harrow, disc plow, and trailer worth P 7.7 million each to the Army’s 3 Battalions of the 403rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade.

One of the recipients was the 8th IB which will hand-over the utilization of the tractor to the farmers of Kalabugao in Impasugong, Bukidnon.

The said projects were realized through the relentless effort of the Impasugong MTF-ELCAC and intensive collaboration with the Local Government Unit of Impasugong, Philippine Army, DA, other government agencies, and generous private individuals.

Impasug-ong town Mayor Anthony Uy, emphasized his full support to the government, “Sa atong mga kaigsuonan, ayaw pawala ug pag-asa, kay naay gobyerno nga motabang kaninyo ug dili kamo biyaan. Atong gobyerno mutabang jud para kanatong tanan. (To our brothers and sisters, do not lose hope for the government is here to help you and will not leave you. Let us cooperate. Our government will surely help us all.)

“We only have one government. Our government under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte will provide various programs and projects to you. This unit, together with Impasugong MTF-ELCAC and other peace and development partners, will continue to provide interventions to expedite in ending the local communist armed conflict,” said 8th IB commander Lt. Col. Edgardo V. Talaroc, Jr.

On the other hand, 403rd Brigade commander Col Ferdinand T. Barandon, extended his gratitude to the Department of Agriculture and local government of Impasugong.

“I commend the government agencies for their support in ending terrorist armed conflict,” he said.

“In the perspective of peace and order, this intervention will help immensely our farmers. It will greatly improve their production in agriculture and this will translate to enhancement of their standard of living. And because of that, it will lessen the probability of them being influenced by our brothers and sisters in the New People’s Army (NPA). With this intervention, the peace and order situation as well as the development will not be far ahead. We will easily and continuously achieve peace and development,” the 403rd Brigade commander added.