By Wilnard Bacelonia

MARAWI CITY, Feb. 28 (PIA-ICCC) – Business and trade activities here are now flourishing, as the Task Force Bangon Marawi’s (TFBM) Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood has lived up to its commitment to help bring back the war-torn city on its feet.

On the sixth round of Kawiyagan held today, Feb. 28, at Marawi City Hall grounds, hundreds of displaced families have received various livelihood assistance programs from the member-agencies from business and livelihood subcommittee.

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF-ARMM) distributed 120 goats for 60 internally displaced persons (IDPs) while the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) gave out 108 Bigasan Starter Kits and 250 sewing machines with kits and cloth.

The Department of Agriculture (DA), on the other hand, gave 100,000 cuttings of sweet potato for some 40 beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has registered more than 100 IDPs who are willing to acquire National Certificate (NC-II) on carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical installation maintenance, welding, computer system servicing, dress making, bread and pastry production, cookery, emergency medical services, and agri-crops.

Local and international humanitarian organizations have also continued collaborating with the subcommittee to help in empowering the Marawi IDPs.

TFBM Field Manager and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr. said, “the task force’s livelihood convergence would not stop until all the IDPs are living a better life.”

“Unfortunately, we can’t give it to them all simultaneously because we need to follow the government’s procurement process. But definitely, all IDPs will be served,” Castro explained.

Apart from “Kathanor” or IDP profiling which is currently being conducted by the TFBM in Marawi City, the DTI is also doing a livelihood profiling to identify legitimate siege victims and to determine the kind of livelihood assistance they have received, and what other support they might need.

Kawiyagan is held every last Thursday of the month at the Marawi City Hall complex. (WLBacelonia/PIA-ICCC)