By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

 MARAWI CITY, June 27 (PIA ICCC) — True to their commitment to help the Marawi residents rise again from an unprecedented economic dislocation wrought by the five-month war between the Maute-IS linked terror group and government troops in 2017, the member-agencies of the Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood of Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) and partner organizations turned up for the tenth “Kawiyagan” (livelihood) activity held at the city hall grounds in Marawi City.

Farmers, sari-sari store operators, garment makers and food vendors got livelihood assistance from both government and non-government organizations.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) distributed garden tools, potato cuttings and vegetable seeds to the farmers while the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) also distributed 20 packs of vegetable seeds during the June 27, 2019 “Kawiyagan.”

Farmer beneficiaries of World Food Programme’s cash-based transfer program receive P2,000 for the second tranche. (Photo by Gian Raman)

The World Food Programme (WFP), on the other hand has distributed its second tranche of P2,000 each to some 10,000 farmer-beneficiaries under its cash-based transfer program, which was complemented with the farm inputs from DA, DAF and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) – Lanao del Sur.

Alanodin Taha  and Normina Dardagan, both from Barangay Dayawan thanked for the farm inputs they received from DA.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila dahil malaking tulong ito sa amin (I thanked them because this is a big help for us),” Dardagan said.

Meanwhile Taha shared that the support gave them hope to start again.

“Kahit papaano, nawala ang problema namin.  masaya kami (Somehow, their support helped us to forget our problems. We are happy),” he said.

The following is the distribution list for the 10th Kawiyagan:

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) also conducted enrolment for skills training on  masonry,  carpentry, electrical installation and maintenance NC II, tile setting, shielded metal arc and welding. The agency also offered free services on   manicure, pedicure, and haircut.

Meanwhile, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has distributed school supplies to the previous recipients of sari-sari store kits. Various livelihood kits were also distributed by the Community and Family Services International (CFSI), a non-government organization.

Omaimah Macapaar from Barangay Papandayan shared that she received assistance from CFSI and continued sewing long dresses and prayer veils. Months after she was able to buy two additional sewing machines.

“Nakatulong ang livelihood assistance ng CFSI dahil nakaipon ang pambili ng dalawang sewing machine (The livelihood assistance given by CFSI helped me a lot because I was able to buy 2 additional sewing machines),” she said.

 Launched on August 24, 2018, the Kawiyagan is a monthly distribution of livelihood assistance spearheaded by TFBM for the IDPs of Marawi. (LEAtnonio)