By Lady Jean L. Kabagani

MARAWI CITY, Jan. 15 (PIA ICCC) – To empower the internally displaced persons (IPDs) of this city, the Magbassa Kita Foundation Inc. (MKFI) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has embarked on a project dubbed “Literacy for Peace and Development Projects (LIPAD), pushing for adult literacy and culture-based productivity enhancement.

LIPAD provides for functional literacy skills needed by non-literate IDPs to encourage them to participate in socio-political decision-making, including electoral processes, and engagement in development programs.

A beneficiary of Literacy for Peace and Development Projects (LIPAD)shows her bead weaving product.(Photo by MKFI)

Amina Rasul-Bernado, MKFI trustee and President of Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID), explained that MKFI pursues adult literacy program in the transitional sites together with DTI as part of its Marawi rehabilitation efforts to provide sustainable business and livelihood assistance for the conflict victims.

“MKFI also develops other products using the beadwork of the IDPS such as tote bags. For this, we have a partnership with an NGO that works with trafficked women,” Rasul said.

“The Marawi IDPs do the beadwork which the NGO will sew on the tote bags,” she added.

Women beneficiaries weaving beads as part of the project implementation. (Photo by MKFI)

The project also aims to reverse recent declines in income-based inequalities caused by the Marawi Siege. It allows adult non-literates to use their newly acquired literacy and numeracy skills to improve economic, income and livelihood opportunities.

Rasul also emphasized that the project would capacitate human resources for the Maranao refugees to alleviate poverty and promote inclusive growth based on Maranao culture and arts.

Sample products made by the Marawi internally displaced persons (IDPs) through the implementation of the Literacy for Peace and Development Project.(Photo by MKFI)

DTI provides support by giving the beneficiaries the materials they needed to include product design and marketing support, and by organizing the IDP beaders into cooperatives.

Since October 2018, about 209 LIPAD beneficiaries from four identified evacuation centers have completed the literacy programs.

File photo during the Manial FAME Opening-Ribbon Cutting ceremony with the special ribbon cutting of the Folded&Hung and Artisan Village Marawi exhibits. (Photo by MKFI)

MKFI and DTI also organized Artisan Vilage MArawi exhibits in partnership with Folded&Hung company to help Marawi IDPs market their products.

DTI is the lead agency of the Task Force Bangon Marawi’s Sub-committee on Business and Livelihood.(Lade Kabagani/PIA ICCC)