Banana plantation in Mindanao kept safe by Citizen Army
After being harassed by alleged members of New People’s Army, the peace and order in the banana plantations in Mindanao is much better now thanks to citizen armed forces.
The banana plantations in Mindanao has been greatly affected by the commotion some terrorists have instigated. They have lost over a hundred million combining the small and big packaging houses they burned down.
According to a report from the SunStar, early last year, alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Bukidnon had burned down equipment which amounted to about P15 million. They also targeted the Lapanday Foods Corporation (LFC) so it had to stop its operations.
Because of these attacks, Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) executive director Stephen Antig, announced that they are coordinating with a specialized Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) which will be put up in the peripheries of the banana plantations in Mindanao to help with the peace and order situation. The military will be the ones to provide proper training and the firearms of the deployed personnel.
The banana plantation owners provide for the payment of the deployed personnel. On average, an individual deployed Cafgu personnel is paid around P13,000 to P14,000 monthly, according to the Sun Star report.
During the press conference at Apo View Hotel yesterday, June 1, Antig said Cafgu personnel had already been deployed in the farms of Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc. (Tadeco) and Dizon Farms.