By Wilnard L. Bacelonia

MARAWI CITY, May 16 (PIA-ICCC) – The Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) continues to find ways to help this city rise again from the siege and, at the same time, provide alternative source of livelihood.

In partnership with Republic Cement, PBSP launched the “Marawi Tibayanihan: Rebuilding Homes for a Stronger Marawi” project which trained construction workers especially masons to make their work more safe and strong.

“We call them the ‘Tibayanihan crew’. Aside from providing income, we are also helping ensure the steady supply of cement. We are manufacturing cement called Mindanao. This will be exclusively distributed for the rehabilitation of Marawi City,” said Renato C. Sunico, President of Republic Cement & Building Materials Inc.

The “Tibayanihan crew” who were trained on carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical wiring, welding and masonry, will be engaged in the rehabilitation of homes in Barangay Boganga and Raya Saduc and the covering of drainage canal in Area 1 Transitional Community.

“The project trained us on how to build stronger homes that are structurally sound and on how to be safe at work. They provided us personal protective equipment like hard hats, gloves, boots and shirts. I am happy because I can now repair my house and my neighbors’ homes,” said Dimard Fahad, a trained ‘Tibayanihan crew’ from Barangay Raya Saduc, Marawi City.

“This is a good start for the ‘Tibayanihan crew’. The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) will take note of this. Our Building and Reconstruction Team could possibly hire them in case we need more workers,” said Professor Mary Joy Yuson, executive assistant to TFBM Field Office manager and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr. (WLBacelonia/PIA-ICCC)