HUNGER, MALNUTRITION, POVERTY: A war waged by the Army’s 72nd IB

Around 7,000 Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) and Civilian Active Auxiliaries (CAA) members are engaged in another war — a war against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

Aside from maintaining peace and order in the barangay level, these CAAs will soon be armed with knowledge on basic vegetable production to boost their fighting chance against their three-fold “enemies”, through the project dubbed as Gulayan sa 72nd Infantry Battalion, which was launched during the Battalion’s 23rd Founding Anniversary celebration recently held at its headquarters in Sitio Mahayahay, Barangay Tuburan, Mawab, Davao del Norte.

The vegetable production project started at the 72nd IB headquarters and will be replicated in its 228 camps and patrol bases located in the five provinces of the Davao Region and two provinces in Region 12.

“With the 7,000 CAAs as initial beneficiaries who are encouraged to maintain vegetable gardens in their respective households, we are hoping that we could increase their meager incomes, help mitigate hunger and decrease malnutrition incidence in their respective areas,” said 72nd IB chief Lieutenant Colonel Lyndon V. Paniza.

On the same occasion, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the 72nd IB was signed by DA-Davao Region Oscar O. Parawan and Paniza to officially bind the two units as partners in making the vegetable production project a successful endeavor.

Aside from technical assistance, DA is supporting the Gulayan sa 72IB project through provision of vegetable production starter kit consisting of several cans of assorted vegetable seeds, seedling trays and tunneling film or plastic mulching material.

The local government units of Mawab, Davao del Norte, Tagum City and the Province of Davao del Norte are also tapped to provide additional technical assistance and project monitoring services.

Other officials who graced the founding anniversary celebration and MOA signing are Col. Dictarino M. Sugon, assistant division commander for administrative services of the 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, who represented the Guest of Honor and Speaker Major General Jorge V. Segovia, chief of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division; Tagum City Vice Mayor Allan L. Rellon; and Rev. Father Christopher Segura, Parish Priest, St. Peter’s Parish, Mawab, Davao del Norte.



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