53IB, Stakeholders Launch Project Good Life for FRs

The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “MATAPAT” Battalion in partnership with Good Life Psychological Services launched Project Good Life for FRs (Friends Rescued) with the theme: “Project Good Life: Threading the Path to Fulfillment and Happiness with FRs (Friends Rescued)” in a ceremony held at 53IB Headquarters, Camp David Sabido, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur with Zamboanga del Sur Governor Victor Yu and 102nd Infantry “IGSOON” Brigade COmmander Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas as Speakers on March 4, 2021.

In accordance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70 Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, Project Good Life for FRs is a 12-month Pneuma-Psyche-Soma Holistic Wellbeing and Mental Health Psychoeducation Program for at least 50 FRs who surrendered to the 53IB.

Spearheaded by Registered Guidance Counselor and Psychotherapist Dr. Moibe Olitres, the project highlights “Good Life Academy”, an experiential learning system designed to provide a school-like environment for FRs.

The Academy offers a Certificate in Good Life with a comprehensive curriculum intended for sustainable 12-month series of training, seminars, and well-being assessments aimed at equipping the students’ knowledge and skills to empower them to become transformed and thriving citizens toward better communities.

The program also focuses on developing a higher level of emotional and spiritual intelligence among the participants as a precursor to authentic happiness or physical and mental wellbeing.

Good Life Academy is the implementation of a research-based Inclusive Wellbeing Psychoeducation Program: Pneuma (spirit) – Psyche (soul) – Soma (body) Holistic Care Perspective for FRs in support of the national government’s Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

The Certificate in Good Life Program is anchored on previous research data regarding the signature strengths of FRs including their: Childhood Experiences, Motivations and Experiences in Joining CPP-NPA, Reasons for Surrendering (turning Points), Life in the Arms of the Military, and Goals and Plans.

Various government agencies expressed support to Project Good Life including DILG IX Reg. Dir. Paisal Abutazil, Department of Agriculture IX Regional Exec. Dir. Rad Donn Cedeño, TESDA IX Reg. DIr. Dan Navarro, DepEd IX Reg. Dir. Isabelita Borres, DSWD FO IX Reg. Dir. Fatima Caminan, DTI ZDS Prov. Dir. Flora Miraflor, and DOH Prov. Health Office Chief Dr. Agnes Fernando.

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