By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

MARAWI CITY, Feb. 4 (PIA ICCC) – To expedite efforts in promoting food security and in providing livelihood to the affected residents of Marawi City, the agriculture sector of the Task Force Bangon Marawi’s (TFBM) Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood and its partner- organizations continue to distribute farm inputs and implements.

In the 5th Kawiyagan (Livelihood) held on Jan. 31, farmer-beneficiaries received garden tools, and assorted vegetable seeds from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF). The Samaritan’s Purse and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) also distributed assorted vegetable seeds.

Farmer-beneficiaries receive garden tools and assorted vegetable seeds from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries during the conduct of 5th Kawiyagan on January 31. (Photo by Lou Ellen Antonio/PIA ICCC) 

The World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations (UN) also launched its cash-based transfer program for 8,965 affected farmers and fisherfolks. For three months, each beneficiary will receive P2,000 per month. This program will be complemented with farm inputs and support from the FAO, DAF, Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Samaritan’s Purse, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and local government of Marawi.

The farmer-beneficiaries will also undergo urban farming orientation from WFP, TESDA and Samaritan’s Purse and soil-testing training from DA.

Nadjer Sabdullah, a resident of Banggolo and is now sheltered in Lake View shelter in Boganga, expressed his thanks as one of the beneficiaries of the cash for work. He also urged his fellow beneficiaries to work hard and to help one another so that they can recover.

“Sana makipagtulungan sila para matuto rin sila magtrabaho sa lupa; para makakuha ng pera para unti-unti makabangon sila,” said Sabdullah.

[I hope they will cooperate so that they will learn how to farm so that they could earn money for them to recover gradually.]

Pendatun Yusoph , a resident of Sabala Manao 1 and is now in Biyaya ng Pagbabago transitory shelter site in Sagonsangan, shared that he would share with his colleagues what he had learned from the urban farming orientation.

Meanwhile, Aslia Hassan of Barangay Malimono, also encouraged her fellow farmers to utilize properly what the government and organizations have given them.

“Sana huwag kayo magfocus sa binibigay ng gobyerno. Kahit anong binibigay sa inyo kung di rin ninyo iyan gagamitin, hindi rin yan magiging maganda,” said Hassan.

[Do not focus on what the government has given you. No matter what is given to you, if you will not utilize it properly, there will be no good result.]

A farmer-beneficiary from Pila Consumer Cooperative displays her harvest during the 5th Kawiyagan (Photo by James Umaran/PIA ICCC) 

The farmer-beneficiaries who previously received agriculture support have also displayed their products during the Kawiyagan. This initiative is part of the agri sector’s commitment for affected residents of Marawi through Kawiyagan – a monthly distribution of livelihood intervention spearheaded by TFBM in partnership with humanitarian organizations. (LEAntonio/PIA ICCC)