By Christine Lyn G. Viajante

MARAWI CITY, Oct. 3 (PIA-ICCC) – As the city celebrates on Oct. 17 the second anniversary of its liberation from IS-linked extremist group, the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) member-agencies agreed to hold the 14th “Kawiyagan” (livelihood activity) on Oct. 16  with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as host.

TFBM member-agencies converged here on Tuesday, Oct. 2, to discuss the activities to be conducted during the second anniversary of Marawi liberation.

It was learned that the DSWD is going to distribute rice packages that are donated from the people of Taiwan through the World Vision Philippines to the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

TFBM’s Deputy Field Office Manager Antonio Sugarol said: “the TFBM expects to have more visitors compared to the previous Kawiyagans because this time we intend to have the international media and more VIPs.” 

“It’s a good thing that all the agencies will be able to join because we are not only handing out goods and services but we will also showcase all the good things the TFBM subcommittees have done for Marawi City,” Sugarol stressed.

Other than providing food and sustainable livelihood bundles, the 14th Kawiyagan also offers free haircut, manicure, pedicure and massage through the Technical Educational Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Moreover, TESDA will also conduct an agri-lecture demonstration for the IDPs who would go for organic farming.

The subcommittee on business and livelihood led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), on the other hand, will continue to provide livelihood starter kits to the IDPs. This time the department will distribute “Bigasan” (Rice) starter kits.

 Aside from “Kawiyagan,” a trade fair will also be conducted on Oct. 15 for the IDPs to display and sell their products and crafts. (CLViajante/PIA-ICCC)