By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

MARAWI CITY, June 18 (PIA ICCC) –  Eight cooperatives of this city can now start processing their own products after the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provided them with shared service facilities (SSF) in a simple turnover ceremonies Monday, June 17.

With the SSFs, these cooperatives whose members are mostly internally displaced persons (IDPs) will embark on garments and dressmaking for Muslim women apparel, commercial bakery, food catering and halal foods, “baur “ (wooden box inlaid with mother pearls) making, palapa production and marketing and concrete hollow block manufacturing.

A total of 32 cooperatives submitted their proposals.

DTI Undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman urged the IDPs to utilize the machineries for the improvement of the life.

“Sana yung mga machinery, equipment na binigay ng DTI, lahat ng tulong ng ating pamhalaan, huwag natin sayangin. Gamitin ito sa tama at paghusayan para po tayo lahat ay makabangon,” said Macatoman.

(“We hope that those machinery, equipment provided by DTI and other government-agencies will be utilized well. Use it for the better and work hard so that you can recover.)

Jardin Samad of Maranao Collectibles Service Cooperative thanked the DTI and TFBM for supporting them. Samad also shared that with the guidance of the agency, they seek to reach the international market.

 “Salamat sa DTI  sa tiwalang ipinagkaloob sa amin. Makakaasa po kayo na pagbubutihin namin hanggang kami ay makabangon at makatulong sa mga kapwa,” said Samad.

(Thanks to DTI for the trust they have given us. Rest assured that we would improve our work until we can recover and help our fellow residents.)

Undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman of Department Trade and Industry lends Certificate of Award for Langkit weaving business to the Maranao Collectibles Service Coopearative. (Photo by Gian Raman)

Sultan Ali Laguindab of NPC Tree Farmers Producers Cooperative also shared that their “baur” (box) making will contribute to the promotion of tourism in Lanao del Sur. He also expressed his thanks to the agency, which, he said has been helping the IDPs since the siege happened.

Laguindab also appealed to the recipients of the livelihood assistance to utilize it properly.

“I am appealing to them to use all equipment for the purpose intended by the government.  That will be a bridge for normal life, and later when you gain capital, you have the opportunity to rebuild. Be rational. Use that for purpose,” Laguindab.

Aside from the SSF, DTI also continues distributing   baking starter kits and carenderia kits to the IDPs. (LEAntonio)