By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

MARAWI CITY, April 22 (PIA ICCC) — As the lead agency of Task Force Bangon Marawi’s  (TFBM) Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has assured the internally displaced persons (IDPs) here of continuous livelihood support to help them recover from the siege that rocked this city almost two years ago.

As of April 16, 2019, DTI has already distributed 1,729 sari-sari store starter kits costing P 7,795 each. The kits, which contain 55 types of grocery items, are distributed to the IDPs who were profiled by DTI from August to October 2018. The data were then cross-matched with the master list of other government agencies, and to be validated further against the Kathanor database.

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Marawi City check their names on the sari-sari store starter kits distribution list of the Department of Trade and Industry at Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol grounds. (Photo by Lou Ellen L. Antonio)

DTI-10 Regional Director Linda Boniao explained during the recently held Bangon Marawi press briefing, that food carts were supposedly be given along with the starter kits. However, it was found out that the remaining amount P7,205 out of the P15,000 allocated for the whole package, is not enough to purchase a food cart.

With DTI’s goal to provide livelihood support immediately to the target beneficiaries, it initially distributed the kits last April 4. It is now looking at options of what to give in lieu of the food cart.

“Maraming salamat po sa starter kits mula sa Task Force Bangon Marawi at DTI. Masaya ako kasi may grocery na pwede ipangdagdag sa store ko,” said Rohanie Macabando.

[Thank you for the starter kits from Task Force Bangin Marawi and DTI. I am happy to receive the grocery items for my store.]

Rohanie Macabando of Marinaut East, one of the beneficiaries of Department of Trade and industry, expresses her gratitude and joy when she received the assistance from DTI.

Currently residing in Tubod, Iligan City, Macabando will continue managing her sari-sari store with the assistance from DTI.

Meanwhile, Anisa Lomabao from South Madaya Proper also thanked the DTI and TFBM as they can now start selling groceries again.

To date, DTI has already distributed 2,884 sewing machines with starter cloths and sewing kits and 500 bigasan kits. For 2019, 10,000 beneficiaries are set to receive sari-sari store starter kits from the agency. (LEAntonio)