By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

MARAWI CITY, May 10 (PIA ICCC) — As the lead agency of Task Force Bangon Marawi’s (TFBM) Sub-Committee on Business and Livelihood, the Department of Industry (DTI) continues to provide more assistance to the affected entrepreneurs of this city.

The DTI has recently distributed 98 baking starter kits to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) who had undergone training on baking conducted by the Provincial Training Livelihood and Development Center of Lanao del Sur in partnership with the Pilmico Foods Corporation and USAID Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity.

The starter kit contains gas oven, basic baking ingredients, basic baking kits, food mixer and liquefied petroleum gas tank with hose and regulator.

Sittierahma Basher, a resident from Moncado Cadilingan who is currently staying in Ramain Bubong, Lanao del Sur, expressed her gratitude to TFBM and DTI for receiving baking starter kits. (Photo by James Umaran/ PIA ICCC)

Sittierahma Basher, a resident from Moncado Cadilingan who is currently staying in Ramain Bubong, Lanao del Sur, expressed her gratitude to TFBM and DTI.

“Laking pasasalamat ko kasi malaking tulong ito sa pamilya ko ngayon lalo na at magkaka-anak na ako, kailangan ko ng business and livelihood,” said Basher.

[I am very grateful because this is a big help for our family especially that I am about to give birth, I need business and livelihood.]

Basher underwent baking and pastry training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) before the siege. After receiving the starter kit, Basher felt excited to finally apply her learning from the training.

“Pangarap ko dati na makagawa ng cake. Magagamit ko na ngayon sa wakas ang natutuman ko sa TESDA,” she added.

[It is my dream to bake cakes. I can finally utilize what I have learned from TESDA.]

Basher also received a financial assistance worth P73 thousand (Livelihood Settlement Grant worth P20,000  and Transitory Family Support Package worth P53,000) and “pabaon” package from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

DTI has targeted to distribute a total of 3,000 baking starter kits while it also continues to distribute sari-sari store starter kits.

She shared that she will use it as additional capital for her business. She also plans to set up a Facebook page to accept orders of cupcakes online. (LEAntonio)