Leni visits Lanao to thank supporters and visit rebel-turned-farmers in Marawi
The beneficiaries of the arms-to-farms program in Marawi can be a very good example that compromise can work, and people are indeed, capable of changing for the better.
VP Leni Robredo visited Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, Thursday morning, to personally express her gratitude to her local supporters during the “Araw ng Marawi” celebration, Manila Bulletin reported. Robredo, along with Lanao del Norte governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo, also visited Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, to have talks with the former Moro rebel group members, who are now working as farmers through the LGU’s project called arms-to-farms.
Instigated by Kauswagan Mayor Rommel Arnado, the arms-to-farms platform was intended to promote peace in Mindanao and to enable the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and MNLF combatants to eventually become acquainted with agriculture and become food producers.
Over the past years, Kauswagan has been prevalently one of the affected areas by armed conflict between Moro rebels and government troops.
Robredo said that she long wanted to personally visit the city when she first heard about the transformation from being a conflict-stricken town to becoming Lanao’s sustainable agriculture model, the report said.
“Their success should be an inspiration to others and we can replicated elsewhere,” VP Robredo said.