By Lou Ellen L. Antonio
MARAWI CITY, Oct.3 (PIA ICCC) — The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has launched here its P44.2 million livelihood project, complementing its shelter rehabilitation project for the internally displaced persons (IDPs).
The six-month project aims to provide sustainable livelihood assistance to 4,000 IDP-households and capacitate them with skills in agri-business, enterprise, establishing markets, among others.
The beneficiaries prioritized for this project are those IDPs living within 3-6 meters easement of the Agus river and Lanao lake which are organized into cooperatives; the artisans and handloom weavers within Marawi City and the fisherfolks and farmers of the agricultural barangays of Guimba, Dulay, Caloocan West in Marawi City.
Faridah Gundul of Madayanians Agriculture Cooperative and a resident of Raya Madaya II expressed her appreciation for the assistance provided for them.
“Ako ay masaya… Hindi maexpress ang pakiramdam dahil andyan sila parati para iguide kami at tiinuturan kami,” said Gundul.
(I am happy… I cannot express the feeling that they are always here to guide and teach us.)
Part of the interventions under this project include Micro-Enterprise Development; Community-Based Social Enterprise; Skills Development and Capacity Building; Local Value Chain Development; Handloom and Crafts Market Support and Linkages; Crop-Fish-Livestock Integration Farming System; Production and Marketing Support on High Value Crops and Vegetable; Islamic Financing Scheme (Credit and Savings); and Employment generation.
The Cooperative Development Authority also pledged its support for the organized cooperatives.
Among of the implementing partners of this project include the local government of Marawi City, Task Force Bangon Marawi, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Agency, and Social Housing and Finance Corporation. (LEAntonio)