The Philippine Army, in January, launched a program in Sulu dubbed “Fighters to Farmers” aimed at providing former members of the Abu Sayyaf Group with livelihood for their families and their community.

The Philippine News Agency reported that the former violent extremists (VEs) who hailed from Talipao, shall undergo a series of agriculture workshops that the military will be facilitating. Said workshops will include traditional farming and the use of modern farming techniques.

“This food on the table concept was a success in empowering communities in Basilan. We believe that this will also boost our PCVE (Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism) efforts here in Sulu,” Lt. Col. Benito Ramos Jr., 2SFBn commander, said in a statement.

“This kind of initiative showcases how committed and professional our modern Army is. We strive to become experts in project development and community organizing through the aid of our partner agencies,” said Gonzales, who is also the Joint Task Force (JTF)-Sulu commander.