By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 5 (PIA ICCC) – Various livelihood convergence projects are now being lined up for Marawi City’s internally displaced persons (IDPs).

In a meeting held here on Friday, Aug. 2, by the Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood of Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) with partner-organizations, various livelihood projects for the IDPs were presented and discussed to help the displaced residents get back on their feet following the five-month siege.

Director Linda Boniao of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – 10, said that the convergence is  “a whole value chain, from inputs to processing to marketing”.

“The convergence is very important…not just one intervention and a one-time support but a complete intervention,” she said.

Among of the livelihood convergence projects to be implemented include training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), which will be complemented by the cash assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP) and distribution of starter kits by the DTI. Other agencies like the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) also pledged to support.

For the agriculture sector, convergence for abaca production is also being planned with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Agrarian Reform providing the seedlings or propagules. DTI’s role is to provide the equipment and to look for markets.

With the convergence of the DTI and DOST, the Maranao culture and tradition would be strengthened, as the DTI would provide equipment through shared service facilities (SSF) for handloom weaving while the DOST would provide the standard equipment. Both also vowed to provide support for the marketing of products. (LEAntonio)