Basilan rubber coop appeals for more security forces Print
Monday, 04 January 2016 11:52

by allen abastillas

The officers and members of the Tumahubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative ( TARBIDCI ) in Tumahubong, Sumisip, Basilan have called on the government to assign more government forces in the area or put up a police station and army outpost.

Nasdi Sangkalahan, TARBIBCI chairman,  disclosed that their livelihood activities on rubber farm production are being disturbed by lawlessness.

“Naistorbo, hinaharas at tinatakot kami ng mga lawless groups at mga masamang taong  labas dito. May extortion letter pa po sila demanding  P150,000, a month.  Nang aambush pa sila sa amin. From 2010 to 2011,  40 po ang pinatay ng lawless groups. Pinatay nila mga security at rubber tappers. Sana ma bigyan sila ng justice,” Sangkalahan said.

He said that TARBIBCI has 316 members and the cooperative is maintaining 1,017 hectares of land for rubber trees farm and production.

“ Meron pa kaming ni-rehab na 284 old rubber trees at magpatulong kami sa Department of Agrarian Reform and Cooperative Development Office. At alternative livelihood sa pagtanim ng cassava, coffee at coconut,” Sangkalahan revealed.

He said there are  few policemen in Tumahubong. Maintaining the peace and order is only by the 64th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army.

He expressed hope the government will put up more forces so that their livelihood will not be hampered. — Allen Abastillas