May 28

Royal Thai Army in Supporting of Royal Initiated Projects

Royal Thai Army (RTA) uses its existing manpower and resources to response to His and Her majesty including royal families in supporting of Royal Initiated Projects (RIP). RTA acts as the core of cooperation with other involving governmental units. Importantly, RTA gives the first priority with rapid execution to those RIPs. In the fiscal year of 2010, RTA was responsible for 122 RIPs and assigned those RIPs to these following RTA’s organic units;

  1. The first army area          15  Projects
  2. The second army area   43  Projects
  3. The third army area       43  Projects
  4. The fourth army area     20  Projects
  5. And the infantry center   1    Projects

Based on the RIP’s objective, the above RIPs can be categorized into these 5 project types; security, exhibited farming, supplementary occupations, natural resources and environment conservation, and other types additional to the 4 former types. Each of them is directionally executed as follows;

1)  Security Project: This type is to enhance a geographical capability and opportunities of the local people to be developed and vocationally improved their quality of life in a sufficient and sustainable fashion, and, as well, have a capability to protect their lives and assets in some certain degrees including developing of capability to inform, warn, and report security data and information to related governmental units. For examples, RIP in border guard initiated by Her Majesty the Queen responsible by governmental units, especially by RTA. Her Majesty the Queens gave her royal speech about this project as follows;
“Governmental units provide help mountainous tribe people by providing houses and areas for making a living in their original areas so that they don’t have to move to flat areas. As well, they can maintain the traditional life and ancestry culture with closely helps from assigned government units. In the same time, they can be educated, idealistically built as a Thai people following Thai laws and regulations. Importantly, they can help in securing the origin of water and natural forest and areas with the cooperation with related governmental units.”There are totally 5 border guard villages as follows;
(1) Ban Ma-O-Ko, Maejan sub district, Umpang district, Tak province
(2) Ban Pang-Kong, Napupom sub district, Maung district, Mahongson Province
(3) Ban Mae Sauw O, Phabong sub district, Maung district, Mahongson
(4) Ban Doi Pak Kud, Vieng Nau sub district, Pai district, Mahongson
(5) Ban Ar Jo, Pu Pom sub district, Pang Ma Pa district, Mahongson
















2) Exhibited Farming Project: This type is to enhance local people in project areas to gain more economical earning by providing skills in cattle, fishery and so on. Then, the fully completed project will become an example or an exhibition project for knowledge distribution for other local people in project areas; for examples, RIP of exhibited farming at Ban Mae Tung Ting, Ma Sab sub district, Sa Mang district, Chiang Mai province. The project at Ban Mae Tung Ting provided deteriorated areas for vocational training such as agriculture, weaving, live stocking such as Ka ta bird, duck, chicken, banana, and silk weaving etc. including beneficial planting such as eucalyptus and sa dao ect.


3) Supplementary Occupations: This type is to vocationally enhance and develop careers for local people such as live stocking, silk, sufficient economy based plantation, water resource development for agriculture, animal breeding, and development of basic infrastructures including setting up vocational groups of unique local supplementary occupations such as weaving, clothing, wood carving etc; for example, Project of supplementary occupations in Kiri Rat district, Poppra district, Tak province.


4) Natural resources and environment conservation: This type is to protect and suppress of forest destroying, forest rehabilitation, forest plantation, animal feed plantation, wild animal conservation, soil rehabilitation, building an attitude of living with natural forest in harmony; for examples, Royal Initiation of a small house in a big forest at Doi Pha Hom Pok, Mae Sao sub district, Mae Eye district, Chiang Mai province.


5) Other projects: RIPs are covering variety fields in addition to the four types described above; for examples, Ban Kok – Ban June development project, Phu Ka sub district, Bau district, Nan province. The Royal Initiation philosophy to execute this project is to develop the prosperity beginning from the internal and then expose out to the external in order to conserve the origin of water resources of the Pau River, the sub river of the Nan River. As well, it is to conserve soil and water in slope areas in order to protect the deterioration of top soil and, as well, to vocationally enhance appropriate careers that fit with local people’s capabilities.