Aboitiz pledges liveli­hood for Phl sol­diers

The Philippine Star - - AGRICULTURE - – Louise Maureen Simeon

Con­glom­er­ate Aboitiz Eq­uity Ven­tures Inc. has pro­vided the coun­try’s sol­diers with sus­tain­able liveli­hood through back­yard farm­ing.

The Aboitiz Group, through its so­cial de­vel­op­ment arm Aboitiz Foun­da­tion Inc., is sup­port­ing the Pagkain Para sa mga Bayani pro­gram, an en­ter­prise de­vel­op­ment pro­gram of the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and the Depart­ment of Na­tional De­fense.

Aboitiz do­nated 60 egglay­ing ma­chines to pro­mote back­yard farm­ing as a sus­tain­able liveli­hood and ad­di­tional income to Filipino sol­diers, es­pe­cially those who were on the front­lines dur­ing the Marawi siege.

Each ELM kit con­tains 48 heads of ready-to-lay hens, gal­va­nized steel cages, feed sup­ply and other equip­ment.

An ELM is a back­yard farm­ing starter kit that al­lows the con­tin­u­ous pro­duc­tion of eggs for 16 months. Each kit has the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce up to 46 eggs in a day.

“The ma­chines will be of great help to the cho­sen com­mu­nity once they reach their re­spec­tive ben­e­fi­cia­ries. It is with this kind of en­deav­our that we are able to foster a cul­ture of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity among us,” Armed Forces of the Philip­pines Com­man­der Ron­ald Vil­lanueva said.

To date, Aboitiz has do­nated 44 ELM kits in var­i­ous mil­i­tary camps in Com­postela Val­ley, Davao City, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and Zam­boanga City.

Aboitiz food unit Pilmico Foods Corp. pro­vided ca­pa­bil­ity train­ing prior to the turnover of ELM kits to en­sure that ben­e­fi­cia­ries will be able to sus­tain and ex­pand their liveli­hood.

The Pagkain Para Sa Mga Bayani pro­gram is also sup­ported by other Aboitiz com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Aboitiz Power Corp., Davao Light and Power Co. Therma Mo­bile Inc., Therma South Inc., and Aboitiz Eq­uity Ven­tures.

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