BUTUAN CITY – Members of a women’s association in a conflict-affected barangay in Surigao del Sur received PHP500,000 cash assistance for livelihood projects and other development endeavors aimed to improve their quality of lives.
In a statement Thursday, the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn) of the Philippine Army said the provincial government granted on Aug. 31 the cash aid to KM9 Simowao Kabudagan Association (KSKA), a women’s group in Barangay Diatagon in Lianga town.
Led by Thelma Tejero, members of KSKA are now working with the help of the Community Support Program team of the 3SFBn.
“This endeavor will help to uplift and alleviate the lives of the people of Barangay Diatagon and will further insulate vulnerable sectors of the IP (indigenous people) community against violent activities and recruitment schemes of the CTG (communist terrorist groups). The establishment of which will help eradicate the root cause of the unending decades of insurgency in Surigao del Sur,” the 3SFBn added.
The KSKA is a women’s organization which started on Feb. 20, 2020 with 30 active members.
Its members are among the vulnerable members of the IP community in Barangay Diatagon, who for years, have been the victims of recruitment and other terrorist activities of the New People’s Army (NPA), the 3SFBn said.
Governor Alexander Pimentel handed over the cash assistance to the leaders of KSKA.
In his message, Pimentel hoped that the support would aid the KSKA as an effective, dependent, self-sustaining, and fully operational livelihood program that could facilitate progress and development in the community.
He also lauded the efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), particularly the 3SFBn, in their desire and sincere efforts to stop CTG exploitations and deradicalizing the different CTG-affected sectors to end local armed conflict in Surigao del Sur.
The Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. (PNA)