The Project Good Life for Friends Rescued (FRs) of the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) formally turned over the livelihood products of FRs to Friends Rescued Good Life Agricultural Cooperative in a simple Product Launching and Turn-over Ceremony held yesterday, January 18, at Good Life Village, Barangay Poblacion, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.
The livelihood products, which the FRs made themselves, included Corn Coffee (Roasted Corn Powder), Organic Soap, and Oyster Mushrooms.
The event’s Guest of Honor and Speaker National Commission on Indigenous Peoples – Region 9 (NCIP) Regional Director Ferdausi Cerna commended the FRs for having their own livelihood products.
Meanwhile, 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera expressed his gratitude to NCIP-IX, saying that convergence played a vital role in changing the lives of FRs.
“Through Project Good Life, convergence, and the close partnership of 53IB with its stakeholders, we are making sure that the FRs have a mechanism to provide for themselves after they graduate from the program,” said Lt. Col. Herrera, espousing the importance of convergence.
Project Good Life for Friends Rescued (FRs) is an inclusive wellbeing psychoeducation program initiated by 53IB in partnership with various organizations and national government agencies that aims to translate the result of initial strength-based research inquiry among former rebels of the 53rd Infantry Battalion to community extension service.
It is a need-based program for FRs to support Executive Order 70 signed by the President which institutionalizes the Whole-of-Nation approach to end local communist armed conflict in the country.