Five (5) Former Rebels (FRs) of 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) attended the Mushroom Production Training and Organic Agriproducts Exhibit on October 02, 2020 at Betinan Research Station, San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur.
The program was spearheaded by Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office 9 (RFO-IX).
According to DA-9 Regional Executive Director Rad Donn Cedeño, this training will be of great help to the trainees in terms of food and financial security, especially during this time of pandemic.
The program also aims to showcase and exhibit the organic agricultural products to intensify the promotion of organic agriculture in the region.
Aside from the Matapat Farmers Association which is composed of FRs from 53rd IB, the said training and exhibit was also participated by Bangsamoro Organization, Dumingag Organic Farmers Association, and Tigbao Farmers Association.
In line with Executive Order 70 which institutionalizes the Whole-of-Nation approach to end the local communist armed conflict in the country, this will also help the FRs in their transition to mainstream society.