Friends Rescued receive grocery items, livelihood program

Photo courtesy of 53rd Infantry "Matapat" Battalion

The CC & MMM Lending Corporation, in collaboration with the Kabataan para sa Pag-Asenso (KPSP), gave grocery supplies and livelihood aid to Friends Rescued (FR) students of the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) Project Good Life on Friday, August 13, 2021.

“Poverty is not a hindrance to success,” CC & MMM Lending Corporation CEO Marilou Felicia told the FRs in her address. She also shared her personal story with the students, encouraging them that nothing is impossible if they fight hard enough to attain their goals.

Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, 53IB Commanding Officer, praised the CC and MMM Lending for their assistance to FRs in his message, noting that it will greatly aid them in their transition to mainstream society.

“With your help, the FRs are now more capable to start their lives anew. With this, we express our utmost gratitude,” said Lt. Col. Herrera.

Project Good Life for Friends Rescued (FRs) is an inclusive wellbeing psychoeducation program launched by the 53rd Infantry Battalion in collaboration with a number of organizations and national government agencies with the goal of translating the findings of an initial strength-based research inquiry among former rebels of the 53rd Infantry Battalion into community extension service.

It’s a need-based program for FRs to assist President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 70, which formalizes the country’s Whole-of-Nation approach to end local communist armed conflict.

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