Legaspi City – ` Thirty former rebels (FRs) from the province of Albay formed into a cooperative and called themselves as “Mayon Hollow Blocks and Aggregates Supply”. The project was initiated by 2nd Infantry Battalion of 9th Infantry Division, Philippine Army under the government’s Social Integration Program (SIP).

The recognized cooperative was simultaneously blessed and launched on May 1, 2010 at Barangay Padang, Legaspi City with LGUs, NGOs, local PNP representatives and military unit commanders in the region attending the inauguration. These FRs groups had voluntarily and peacefully returned to the fold of the law and rejoined the mainstream of society to become productive citizens. Similarly, the 565th Engineer Construction Battalion of the 51st Engineer Brigade, PA, headed by its Battalion Commander, Ltc Aguinaldo I Ordoņez has donated four units of CHB molders, and imparted technical knowledge in concert with his men for the skills and training to the FRs group in Hollow Blocks making. Noteworthy, the Concrete Hollow Blocks productions of the FRs Cooperative was primarily supplied and procured by the Army engineer construction unit which is presently undertaking various construction projects in the area.

This active involvement of 565th Engineer Construction Battalion element displayed the magnitude and urgency of a military duty showing for energetic interest by working harmoniously with their stakeholders, LGUs, LGAs, NGOs and POs in their AOR to obtain a healthy and productive environment conducive to peace and development. With all this, they become an effective tool in demonstrating the government’s effort in serving the people particularly in Bicol region.