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Rebel Returnees turned Farmers in Kauswagan, LdN to Receive More Trainings
Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte---An informal gathering and meeting of minds transpired between a group of rebel returnees turned farmers and with Training Center Superintendent II (TCS II) Angelito Y. Quirog of the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center X (ATI-RTC X) recently.
On a general scale, the Municipality of Kauswagan is in need of additional mechanized farming facilities to its farming communities as well as to help the rebel returnees who traded their arms and turned to farming improve their livelihood and living conditions.
Present during the informal gathering were Kumander Benjie Lucsadatu, Jimmy R. Mangompia, Inoyag D. Mangompia, Kumander “Batman” Mapandi , Normida Mapandi Minalang (wife of Kumander Batman), Jijie N. Macalbi, Cosain M. Disumendig, Hadji Nur L. Muto aka “Kumander Aguila”, Norhata B. Muto (daughter), Mayor Dante Batingolo aka “Kumander Dante”, Aisah Batingolo, Lanie Saykalabi Bantog (Camp Obayda Association of Farmers), Jamalia P. Bogabong (wife of Lanie Bantog), Madkie Condalo Balowa Dolayap Farmers Association and Arab L. Saicalabe “Kumander Arab” who happens to be a member of the “From Arms to Farms” Program of ATI.
After Dr. Quirog did the rounds of casual conversations with the rebel returnees turned farmers, the two parties came up with an agreement---to make the rebel returnees and their households a recipient of more trainings aimed to empower them through technology transfers and ready access to new farming innovations.
Aside from the extension and skills training the group will be receiving, there will also be after-training support such as farm implements and high-value crop seedlings.
Meanwhile, the ATI-RTC X workforce were headed by Training Center Superintendent II (TCS II) Angelito Y. Quirog, Training Center Superintendent I (TCS I) Maria Lydia A. Echavez, Information Services Section Chief / Information Officer III Noemi Beth G. Macario, Planning Officer II Philip D. Villegas, Training Specialist II Marily V. Figuracion, Development Management Officer I Cristine A. Galupo and Media Production Specialist II Vic Thor A. Palarca.
The meeting took place at the Municipal Grounds of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte last April 7, 2017.