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The Department of Agriculture turned-over agricultural equipment to the farmers of the six acknowledged Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) camps in ARMM on Thursday, 09 February 2017 in Camp Darapanan, Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

Director Carlos Sol Jr., OIC Chair of the GPH Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities, witnessed the event and expressed his appreciation to the GPH and MILF’s effort in making peace possible. “Dati-rati nagpuputukan yung Gobyerno at MILF, pero sa ngayon masaya ako na we are partners in making peace and in developing our conflict-affected areas,” he said.

The MILF camps namely Camp Abubakar, Camp Bushra, Camp Bilal, Camp Bad’r, Camp Omar and Camp Rajamuda were represented by Abraham Pino (Camp Abubakar), Cairodin Amerol (Camp Bushra), Ibrahim Mohammad (Camp Bilal), Sulon Atong (Camp Bad’r), Salahudin Dicay (Camp Omar) and Abdulraham Kuta (Camp Rajamuda). Each MILF camp received one shredder machine, one vermitea brewer and African night crawler. This initiative is part of the confidence-building measures under the Government of the Philippines (GPH) – MILF peace process with the goal of transforming MILF camps into more productive communities.

The ceremonial turn-over was attended by representatives from various institutions including Undersecretary for Special Concerns of the Department of Agriculture Atty. Ranibai D. Dilangalen, National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development Director Silvino Q. Tejada, and Camps Coordinator of the Task Force MILF Mohammad Saleh.