Former members of the Abu Sayyaf Group will run a poultry farm granted by Go Negosyo and Bounty Fresh Agro Ventures with the assistance of the Joint Task Force Sulu and the Provincial Government of Sulu.
Among the beneficiaries were former Abu Sayyaf members Midzfar Jukaran, Madzrael Bagadi, and Darwin Uddung, who told troops of the JTF Sulu that they were grateful for the livelihood assistance and that this grant will help them start their new lives.
“Napakahirap ng buhay namin nung miyembro pa kami ng Abu Sayyaf Group. Nagdesisyon kaming sumali sa grupo para sa relihiyong Islam at sa kaayusan sa probinsya ng Sulu, ngunit naging iba na po ang kalakaran sa loob. Simula nang ako’y sumuko, naging matiwasay na ang pamumuhay ko,” said former Abu Sayyaf member Jukaran.
The granting of the poultry farm is part of the livelihood program, dubbed as “Kapatid for Agri Bounty Fresh Poultry Farm”, of Go Negosyo and Bounty Fresh that was launched on Tuesday morning (December 11).
Brigadier General Rey Pabayo, Jr., the JTF Sulu commander, joined the ground-breaking ceremony, along with Sulu Governor Abdursakur Tan and Parang Mayor Madzhar Loon, in Barangay Tukay, Patikul at around 9:30am on Tuesday.
Dr. Kier Jason Fernandez, Bounty Fresh Contract Growing supervisor, said about 5,000 chickens and poultry housing will be provided and selected beneficiaries will undergo training on poultry raising.
“Maaasahan ninyo na sisikapin namin na mapaunlad ang malaking oportunidad na pangkabuhayan na ibinigay ninyo dito sa Barangay Tukay,” said Mayor Loon.
Meanwhile, Governor Tan thanked Go Negosyo and Bounty Fresh for the continuous support to the provincial government’s initiatives that benefit the Suluanons.
“While sustaining the offensives on the ground, our troops continue to work with the local government of Sulu and other partner stakeholders to assist the reintegration of former Abu Sayyaf bandits,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, the commander of the Western Mindanao Command.