By Lou Ellen L. Antonio
MARAWI CITY, Aug. 28, (PIA TFBM ICCC) – The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) through its Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood, in partnership with the local government of Marawi City, World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Community and Family Services International (CFSI) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA), launched Kawiyagan (Livelihood) in Marawi City Hall grounds.
Dubbed, “Siyap sa Marawi, Gagaw ko Pagtao” (Care for Marawi, Love for the fellow residents), Kawiyagan is a series of distribution of livelihood assistance to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) which will be done on a monthly basis.
This activity symbolizes the synergy of TFBM and its partners in ensuring that the affected residents of Marawi City will directly receive livelihood support and assistance.
TFBM Chairperson and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, reiterated the government will continue to provide support to the IDPs. “Kami po ay patuloy na kasama niyo sa pagtayo at pagtindig ng Marawi City,” he said.
[We continue to be with you for the recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi City.]
Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr., Field Office Manager of TFBM thanked the different government agencies and humanitarian organizations for their livelihood support to the IDPs. He also cited the continuous support of TFBM for the IDPs. “Kami ay handang tumulong sa inyo,” said Castro. [We are here ready to support.]
The Department of Trade and Industry distributed nine food carts with bike (donated by United Nations Development Programme ) along with starter kits consisting of stove and LPG set, kitchen utensils, ingredients and starter kits to 11 beneficiaries (previously given with food carts last May-June).
Through its Sustainable Livelihood Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development released P10,000 Seed Capital Fund to 140 beneficiaries. Some of their proposed livelihood sources include loom weaving, dressmaking, community store, poultry production and management, fishing pond, soap making, rice retailing, and floating fish cage.
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority conducted Scholarship Enrolment and Skills Demonstration on haircutting, manicure and pedicure.
The Department of Agriculture distributed 27 bags of urea fertilizer and 500 packs of vegetable seeds while the Department of Agrarian Reform turned over 25 bags of corn seeds for men and 25 bags of vegetable seeds for women.
CFSI also awarded assistance for its three beneficiaries for equipment for barbershop, six for sidecars, two for mamandiang making equipment, one for browa making equipment, one for slipper vending and one for Ready-To-Wear (RTW) vending.
FAO distributed 50 to 100 assorted vegetable seeds for its women-IDP beneficiaries while WFP turned over fishing inputs (500 beneficiaries), farming tools (1,000 farmers), assorted vegetable seeds (1,000 beneficiaries), and 50kg sacks of rice each for 4,380 families.
Meanwhile PIA also set up a television and photo gallery exhibit to showcase the interventions and rehabilitation efforts of the different member agencies under TFBM and its partners for Marawi City and its residents.
Through its rolling store, the National Food Authority sold NFA rice which costs P27 per kilo. (LEAntonio/PIA ICCC)