To reintegrate former combatants and their families in mainstream community and economic activities, as well as promote sustainable source of income, livelihood livestock support was provided by EMBRACE thru Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. to the more than 200 community members of Kapatiran Para sa Progresong Panlipunan (KPPP). This is a follow-through of the initial livelihood package provided to the organization.
Last September 2020, goats were turned over to the KPPP in coordination with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. KPPP is an association of former rebels, particularly those of the Rebolusyonaryong Partidong Manggagawa Pilipinas, Revolutionary Army.
The KPPP plans to breed these goats to also supply the requirements of their “Kandingan” restaurant, a livelihood project of the group. Apart from the goats, forage plants were also given by the Department of Agriculture in Region 6 for better goat production.
The KPPP is a non-stock, non-profit organization duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It works in close coordination with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) which monitors the development of the member beneficiaries. The KPPP has established a 3 to 4 hectares grazing area in one of the barangays in Ibajay, Aklan and have also planted napier grass, Madre Cacao (local term: Kakawate) and moringa as sources of food for the goats. To ensure the sustainability of the project, the KPPP and its members are encouraged to develop other enterprises such as milk processing, which they can both consume and sell to earn money for other necessities. Families can then raise more goats, increasing the size of their herd, and sell the additional goats and goat’s milk to generate income giving families a long-term solution and new techniques to break the cycle of poverty and insurgency.