By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

MARAWI CITY, Aug. 5 (PIA ICCC) – The internally displaced persons (IDPs) here will continue to receive livelihood assistance from the different member-agencies of Task Force Bangon Marawi’s (TFBM) Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood along with humanitarian organizations.

For the 11th Kawiyagan (livelihood), agriculture as well as livelihood assistance was distributed to the IDPs.

The Lanao del Sur Agrarian Reform Office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform- Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (MAFAR-BARMM) in Muslim Mindanao distributed four mud boats, four rice reapers, one 4WD tractor, 100 sacks of organic fertilizer and 40 boxes of pesticides to the nine agrarian reform communities  (ARCs) of  Guimba, Cabasaran, Dulay West, Dulay Proper, Malimono , Matampay Kormatan, Sugod , Patani and Kilala.

The Lanao del Sur Agrarian Reform Office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform- Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (MAFAR-BARMM) and Task Force Bangon Marawi turn-over farm tractor to the farmers of the Dulay Proper GAD Advocates Farmer Cooperative. (Photo by James Umaran/PIA ICCC)

Nabillah Ala of Dulay Proper thanked MAFAR and TFBM for providing them with a farm tractor.

“Maraming-maraming salamat sa bigay ninyong suporta na tractor. Malaking tulong po ito sa amin na farmers,” said Ala.

(We are very grateful for the farm tractor we have received. This is a big help for us farmers.)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) also aimed to distribute 830 packets of chilli seeds with one sack of complete fertilizer, five sacks of organic fertilizer, two plastic crates and one rake to the displaced farmers of Marawi who are now in Ditsaan-Ramain, Lanao del Sur.

Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) conducted pay-out to its 743 farmer and fisherfolk-beneficiaries under its cash-based transfer program which was complemented with the farm inputs from the Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Lanao del Sur Agrarian Reform Office.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also distributed 100 sari-sari store kits to the IDPs.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) distributed 15 service engine mechanical component toolkits and offered free services on haircut, manicure and pedicure.

The  Community and Family Services International   distributed eight sidecars, one sewing machine zigzagger and two refrigerators with grocery items.  CFSI also displayed the products of their beneficiaries who received support for Ready-To-Wear vending and food vending. (LEAntonio)