Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija - As part of its advocacy to help out farmers, the Philippine Army thru 48th Infantry (Guardians) Battalion joins the Office of Presidential Assistant for Peace, Reconcilliation and Unity (OPAPRU) and the Local Govertment Unit (LGU) of Bulacan in facilitating the General Assembly of the Angat-Bustos-Pandi (ANBUSPA) Irrigators Association at Barangay Tibagan Covered Court, Bustos, Bulacan on November 09, 2019.
The General Assembly, attended by around 1000 farmers, was conducted to reorganize the association and to address issues and concerns on farming.
After the reorganization thru an election, the oath-taking of new officers was held on the same day, with Governor Daniel R. Fernando of Bulacan presiding over the ceremony.
Present during the assembly were Lieutenant Colonel Felix Emeterio M. Valdez, the 48IB Commanding Officer; and the following Local Chief Executives of Bulacan: Mayor Leonardo R. De Leon of Angat; Mayor Richard A. Roque of Pandi; and, Mayor Francis Albert G. Juan of Bustos.
Secretary Carlito G. Galvez of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) and Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) Region III, who facilitated the releases of funding for the farmers' assembly, was present during the activity.
Major General Lenard T. Agustin, Commander of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division said, “The Communist New People's Army Terrorists and its affiliated organizations exploit the issues on farming to foment discontent among farmers. This activity is timely as we were able to address farming issues before they snowball into problems."
LIeutenant Colonel Valdez insinuated that the activity resulted to a stronger farmers’ association in Bulacan that focuses on peace and development, and not in fault finding.”