By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

BUTIG, Lanao del Sur, March 29 (PIA ICCC) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in partnership with the Skills Mastery Institute for Learning Entrepreneurship and Success (SMILES) Foundation has launched here the skills training on “Do-It-Yourself (DIY)” bamboo shelter production and the establishment of a corn mill to benefit the locals and some home-based internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Marawi City.

The corn mill will be operated and maintained by a group composed of farmers, women, and unemployed skilled workers from the different barangays of the municipality.

With the help of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the corn grits produced by the group will be sold to the local consumers or to the restaurants using corn grits in lieu of rice.

A DIY bamboo shelter as designed by the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI), is a ready-to-assemble house. Using simple tools, it can be built within one or two days following an instruction manual.

The DIY bamboo shelter, which is cost-effective and environment-friendly, measures 24 square-meters consisting of a living room, kitchen and bedroom with ready electrical and water connections. It can fit in a six-wheeler truck when packed and can be assembled and disassembled within three to four days by four medium-built workers. Ninety percent of its materials come from renewable sources.

This project encourages the trained workers to use their skills to commercially produce DIY bamboo shelters.

Their skills in DIY bamboo shelter making can also help them land a job in government construction projects.

As a member of the Subcommittee on the Business and Livelihood, DOST will train the residents on vegetable production, as it also plans to revive the handloom weaving industry in support of the recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of Marawi and the adjacent war-affected communities in Lanao del Sur. (LEAntonio)