CAMP SANG-AN, ZDS—Another successful assembly between the Army’s 1st Infantry Division officials and the Multi-Sectoral Governance Council (MSGC) was held during the 27th MSGC Meeting at Sayao Farm in Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur Friday, October 29.
Col. Norberto L. Agbay, the 1ID’s Chief, Governance and Strategy Management Office, reiterated the three breakthrough goals that the Division needs to accomplish and the execution of the different projects initiated by the MSGC to comply with the requirements for recertification.
The three breakthrough goals focus on generating quality recruits, dismantling the remaining guerilla fronts, and increasing the training readiness of the Division.
Mr. Rey F. Quisumbing, the presiding officer and host for the 27th MSGC Meeting, provided the overview and topics to be discussed, focusing on the activities and projects initiated by the MSGC.
The four topics were the following: How to End Poverty in Our Lifetime; Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) as Barangay Information Officers Network (BION); Planting of Sweet Water Coconut; and Journeying with the Army Transformation Roadmap of 1ID, PA, and Sustaining the Gains of Peace Weaving in Lanao Provinces.
Mr. Pacifico D. Cabrido Jr., the Deputy CENRO of Guipos, ZDS, shared DENR’s efforts to alleviate poverty through the government’s National Greening Program (NGP). Also, one of their agency’s priorities is helping the people living in coastal areas and encouraging them to plant mangrove species.
The Dean of College of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation of Mindanao State University System, Dr. Hendely A. Adlawan, stressed the importance of education. According to her, access to quality education is one of the solutions to end poverty. She emphasized the efforts made by the TESDA in capacitating the people in the barrios.
Ms. Lindley L. Herrera, the OIC Provincial Agriculturist, Department of Agriculture-ZDS, mentioned the different programs of the agency. One of which is the launching of the “Plant Now, Pay Later” program for yellow corn last 2020, benefitting 1,000 farmers.
The Regional Director of PIA Region IX, Director Noemi S. Edaga, discussed the Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) as Barangay Information Officers Network (BION). The inclusion of IPMR in the RTF-ELCAC Strategic Communication Cluster is an opportunity for the IPs to raise their concerns and improve their capabilities as Information Officers.
“We need multipliers of information, and as IPMR representatives, the IPs should be represented in the barangay level,” Ms. Edaga added.
The third topic, Planting of Sweet Water Coconut, was discussed by Mr. Rey F. Quisumbing, the Director of Pagadian City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. He recounted how his sweet coconut business started, the process of harvesting and selling their produce, including Agarwood commonly used in the production of perfumes.
Mr. Quisumbing also expressed his willingness to help the 1ID, PA, educate retiring soldiers in starting their business like his that would eventually help the military personnel transition to civilian life.
Lastly, Mr. Musa Sanguila, the Country Representative, United Religions Initiative-Southeast Asia and the Pacific, cited success stories, challenges, and peace efforts in the Lanao provinces.
With all the programs and initiatives presented, the 1ID commander, Maj. Gen. Gene M. Ponio, is thankful to the MSGC for helping the Division attain the Institutionalized Status and for continually supporting the unit.
“We trusted your strategic advice and have included it in our campaign. If it had not been for your help, Tabak Division would not have been institutionalized,” said Maj. Gen. Ponio.