By Marlon Loterte

ILIGAN CITY, 30 Sept. (PIA ICCC) – Hundreds of Marawi City residents have benefitted from the second of a series of the Kawiyagan spearheaded by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) providing business and livelihood interventions and free services from the different government agencies and humanitarian organizations.

To fast track recovery and redevelopment of various industries and local economy in the city, TFBM and partners remain relentless in equipping residents of resources and capability while retooling of the “whole of nation” approach with the convergence of interventions of the different government agencies, humanitarian organizations and local government.

Sec. Eduardo del Rosario, TFBM head, said “We will never waiver to help the people of Marawi City, providing them with their essential needs right now and days ahead while looking forward that the city will rise as a prosperous place again as promised by President Rodrigo Duterte.”

It can be noted it has been almost a year following the declaration of liberation of Marawi City from the ISIS-influenced terrorist groups that laid siege to the city for five months last year while the government, along with local and foreign humanitarian organizations, continue to address the needs of the affected families and communities to bring their lives back to normalcy.

Task Force Bangon Marawi Secretary Eduardo del Rosario says that Kawiyagan initiatives will continue until next year or even further until all and prospective families and communities get their rightful share of the interventions from the government and partners institutions. (Photo by James Umaran/ PIA ICCC)

Del Rosario said Kawiyagan initiatives will continue until next year or even further until all and prospective families and communities get their rightful share of the interventions from the government and partners institutions.

The TFBM head noted the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has targeted some 42,700 families for provision of sari sari stores, dress making kits, “bigasan” (rice retail stores) and bakery and since every month been providing a portion of the total number of families with skills training and capability development to prepare them in establishing and running their respective business and livelihood venture.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), according to Del Rosario, not only provide skills training but also augment business and livelihood interventions provided by DTI.

Also adding up the assistance provided for by the various international and local humanitarian organization-partners, to cite a few such as World Food Program (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP), Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (OXFAM) through People’s Disaster Risk Reduction Network, Catholic Relief Services and Community and Family Services International, among others.

With this convergence of interventions, noted Del Rosario, the government has demonstrated its commitment and relentless efforts to help the people to rehabilitate and rebuild the war-torn Marawi City.

Marawi Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra, in his message for Kawiyagan conveyed by Cabasaran Pacasum of City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), cited the progress of livelihood bringing significant improvement to industry, local economy and quality of life of residents of Marawi City.

“Alam naman natin na karamihan ng mga mamamayan ng lungsod ng Marawi na bago pa man magyari ang ‘siege’ ay umaasa lamang sa mga micro, small and medium enterprises o di kaya sa kasamaang palad umaasa sa iba,” he noted.

When this siege happened, according to the chief executive, these small businesses were wiped out and left those affected with a bleak prospect of what could happen to them in the future.

“Nung mawalan ng kabuhayan ang mga karaniwang mamamayan dito sa Marawi, naging isang malaking problema o palaisipan sa city government kun paano muling maiaahon sa kahirapan,” he stressed.

“Bukod pa sa problema kung paano naming papalaganapin muli ang lokal na ekonomiya ng Marawi, We have lots of problem relating to the future livelihood. And certainly we did not want them to keep on relying on the aid given to them most of all we want them to regain their dignity with honest livelihood,” the mayor said.

“I am very happy with what I have seen these day and I am hopeful that those who have been blessed to get such share (business and livelihood interventions) will take them further and sustain them in the years to come,” he said.

The chief executive also cited the government agencies, humanitarian organizations and TFBM in providing the immediate needs as well as business and livelihood assistance that in the long term will benefit the residents.

TFBM interventions, a big relief to IDPs

Faisah Sarip, a resident of Barangay Raya Madaya of Marawi City, has expressed her gratitude for all the assistance provided for by the government agencies and humanitarian organizations to help her family cope with and alleviate from the implications of the armed conflict last year.

Faisah Sarip, a resident of Barangay Raya Madaya of Marawi City, expresses her gratitude for all the assistance provided for by the government agencies and humanitarian organizations to help her family cope with and alleviate from the implications of the armed conflict last year. (Photo by James Umaran/ PIA ICCC)

Sarip is one of the internally displaced persons (IDP) whose house in most affected area (MAA) was burned and damaged during the siege. She, along with her family resided as home-based IDP in Sta Elena, Iligan City and later transferred to Sarimanok resettlement area.

According to her, DSWD helped her family until this time providing them immediate basic needs and TFBM stakeholders endowing them with alternative source of income.

Sarip were able to avail of food cart from DTI and P10,000 seed capital from DSWD under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) that enabled her to start up with a sari store.

Kawiyagan, convergence of business, livelihood, services for Marawi people

DTI X regional director Linda Boniao said this month’s Kawiyagan is the second leg in a series carried out for implementation this year but the committee intends to continue implement such even until next year to really ensure that lives of the Marawi people will go back to normalcy.

“While we stage this Kawiyagan convergence, noted Boniao, services and commodities, trainings on skills and capability development continue in different areas with the communities and the people of Marawi City benefitting from complements of government line agencies, humanitarian organizations and local government unit (LGU),” she said.

For this month’s Kawiyagan, DTI has provided sewing kits and starter cloth worth P5,000 for each of 41 beneficiaries who are homebased, housed in evacuation centers and Kambalingan barangays

Trainees of TESDA programs meanwhile staged skills simulation to give the public a glimpse of how they do their craft showcasing a few skills TESDA trainees engage.

The agency has also fielded trainees and graduates providing pedicure and manicure services for 100 slots, haircut for 100 slots and make-up for 50 slots.

DSWD staged skills demonstration featuring beneficiaries of Seed Capital Fund on Browa making, Maranao delicacies, Palapa (food processing) loom weaving and Mamandiyang making in Sarimanok Tent, Site 1 in Lumbaca Toros, Barangay Dayawan, Barangay Dayawan.

The agency is expected to complete the release of Seed Capital Fund under Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) worth P10,000 for 364 families in Barangay Basak Malutlut in Marawi City; release of Grant Certificate worth P20,000 (Seed Capital Fund) under the DSWD-DTI convergence for 20 beneficiaries.

Hundreds of Marawi City residents have gathered for the second of a series of the Kawiyagan spearheaded by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) providing business and livelihood interventions and free services from the different government agencies and humanitarian organizations. (Photo by James Umaran/ PIA ICCC)

DSWD also distributed Cash Building Livelihood Assets worth P2,210.25 each for 100 recipients in Barangay Guimba.

The Agriculture department meanwhile bared 20 farmers from Barangays Mipaga and Sugod have been provided with free tractor plowing to plantations of corn, rice and vegetable—with cost of plowing service amounting to P10,000/hectare compromising the cost of diesel fuel, lubricants and wage of tractor operators.

The free tractor plowing service to Kambalingan barangays started last September 12, 2018.

BFAR has also since distributed fishing inputs, including 309 spear guns and diving masks; 600 fish pots for fishermen in lake shore and along the river barangays in Marawi City.

The WFP has provided rice allocation (50 Kg) per participants through the Food Assistance For Asset Creation, under the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund’s (CERF) to ensure food security, better nutrition and livelihood for 756 families of IDP who are engaged in agricultural livelihood activities in 10 Barangays in Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur.

WFP has announced that it will also be providing some 200 fish traps, 200 shrimp traps, and 500 gill nets to a total of 900 fishermen who already returned home in their respective barangays to complement BFAR’s program.

The distribution of fishing implements will commence first week of October 2018 as soon as validation and beneficiary registration completed.

The WFP, FAO, UNDP, and OXFAM-People’s Disaster Risk Reduction Network, have joint efforts in providing iAFFORD Card with cash for food support amounting to P2,000 coupled with digital literacy basic financial orientation for each of the 10,000 home-based IDPs in the towns of Saguiaran, Bubong, Ditsaan Ramain all in Lanao del Sur and agrarian reform communities in Marawi City.

Some of the recipients are also beneficiaries of WFP’s rice distribution and FAO’s seeds distribution.

FAO distributed of 100 packs of assorted vegetables seeds with 3 kilograms of Urea fertilizer in Barangays Tampilong, Caloocan, Matampay B. Pagalamatan.

DAR, DA, BFAR, WFP, FAO meanwhile staged a products exhibition of assorted vegetables, watermelon of two farmer cooperatives of Al-sahara and Golden Linao Multipurpose Cooperative, comprised of seven farmers from Barangay Guimba, Cabasaran, Dulay Proper, Dulay West

The Catholic Relief Services released 10 identification cards for the beneficiaries of cash grant for livelihood in Rorog Agus West.

The Community and Family Services International turn-overs sewing machines for six beneficiaries, sikad or padyak for two beneficiaries, sorbetes carts for two beneficiaries in Barangays Papandayan, Sarimanok Tent City Site 2. (Photo by James Umaran/ PIA ICCC)

The Community and Family Services International meanwhile turned-over sewing machines for six beneficiaries, sikad or padyak for two beneficiaries, sorbetes carts for two beneficiaries in Barangays Papandayan, Sarimanok Tent City Site 2.

Kawiyagan, spurred by the theme, “Siyap sa Marawi, Gagaw ko Pagtao” (Pag-aalaga sa Marawi, Pagmamahal sa Kapwa) has commenced last August 2018, orchestrated by TFBM FO manager ASec. Felix Castro that converged member and partner entities under the Sub-committee on Business and Livelihood that have since carried out inter-operability approach to provide business and livelihood interventions to the people of Marawi City. (MAL/PIA ICC Center)