By Wilnard L. Bacelonia

MARAWI CITY, April 6 (PIA-ICCC) – Around 700 displaced families from Banggolo Poblacion flocked today to Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol Gymnasium to receive P73,000 cash assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the agency’s Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) and Transitory Family Support Package (TFSP).

LSG is DSWD’s P20,000 worth of financial assistance intended to help  Marawi IDPs to start their own business while the TFSP of P53,000 is for the family’s food, shelter, education, and other non-food items.

Aside from financial assistance, the displaced families also received a “Pabaon Package” consisting of canned goods and other food items.

DSWD Undersecretary Felicisimo Budiongan assured that they would continue to assist/bring intervention for the IDPs until they go back to their normal lives.

“We will always be with you until you get back on your feet again. We will always be here, ‘wala tayong iwanan Usec. Budiongan said.

DSWD scheduled the next day, April 7, for Barangay Bubonga Lilod Madaya targeting 623 displaced households.

The agency is yet to announce the schedule of LSG and TFSP distribution for the remaining displaced barangays inside Marawi’s most affected area (MAA).

During the recent public consultation conducted by TFBM in Marawi City, the crowd of displaced individuals cheered as TFBM chairperson and HUDCC Secretary Eduardo del Rosario promised about the DSWD’s livelihood assistance.

He also assured that displaced residents of MAA could return to their homes after the 24 most devastated barangays of Marawi City will be free of unexploded bombs and debris after August 2019.

Clean master list

The recipients have undergone the IDP profiling dubbed as “Kathanor”, a Meranao term for an organization, intending to capture biometrics and other personal data from each legitimate displaced individual of Marawi City.

Undersecretary Budiongan, formerly deputy to TFBM Field Manager and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr., related his experience seeing a bloated DSWD master list of IDPs.

“When I was still with TFBM, I saw households having several access cards or DAFAC bloating the numbers in our master list. Therefore, we conducted Kathanor to come up with a clean list, which we will be using on giving government assistance for IDPs. We see to it that only legitimate IDPs will receive help and support from the government,” Budiongan explained.

Commitment to the renters

Budiongan also eased the MAA renters’ worries being not able to receive livelihood assistance from the government.

“With the guidance of the Task Force Bangon Marawi headed by Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, we will conduct another IDP profiling through our Kathanor System. If we come up with a clean list, we can also provide some intervention for them. We hope and pray to Allah that he will give us more patience,” he said.

In its livelihood assistance, DSWD serves as a member-agency of TFBM Subcommittee on and Business and Livelihood. It also plays a big role as the lead agency of the Sub-committee on Health and Social Welfare. (WLBacelonia/PIA-ICCC)