By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

MARAWI CITY, Dec 22 (PIA ICCC) — There is a better prospect for a brighter tomorrow as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) continued in distributing sewing machines and kits to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returned residents of Marawi, at Lanao del Sur provincial capitol on December 20.

Since October, this year, DTI has already distributed a total of 1,800 sewing machines with P5,000 worth of kits. The kits consist of needles, tailoring scissors, tape measure, threads, tailor’s chalk, hand needles and cloths.

Salmia Dibarosan, one of the beneficiaries thanked DTI for the livelihood assistance lent to them.

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa DTI kasi binigyan kami ng kabuhayan namin sa pananahi (We are grateful to DTI for giving us livelihood through sewing), “ said Dobarosan.

Dibarosan is a resident of Barangay Daguduban which belongs to the most affected area of Marawi. She used to be a dressmaker back then before the siege. With the support from DTI, Dibarosan plans to start anew with the sewing machine and kit that she received as she is currently staying in Madamba, Lanao del Sur.

Beneficiaries carry their sewing machines and kits from the Department of Trade and Industry during the distribution in Lanao del Sur provincial capitol on December 20. (Photo by James Umaran)

For 2018, there are 20 beneficiaries of carenderia starter kits, 20 for food carts, 54 for sari-sari store kits, and 20 for Maranao delicacy and 20 for streetfood business.

This intervention is part of DTI’s effort to provide livelihood assistance to the Marawi residents through Kawiyagan. Kawiyagan is a monthly livelihood convergence distribution drive spearheaded by TFBM through its Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood in partnership with humanitarian organizations. (LEAntonio/PIA ICCC)