By Christian Cabajar

MARAWI CITY, Oct. 16  — A little goes a long way. This was the focal point of  Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council  (now Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development) Assistant Secretary Felix J Castro Jr.’s  opening speech at the 14th Kawiyagan (Livelihood) event held at the Marawi City Hall Complex on Wednesday.

Castro, who is also Task Force Bangon Marawi Field (TFBM) Office manager, stressed that the Maranaos are known for their enterprising capabilities and resiliency.

According to the official, the Kawiyagan is part of government efforts in ensuring Marawi’s recovery, as well as in bringing normalcy back to the city by December 2021.

The event is being held in conjunction with the second-year anniversary of Marawi’s liberation from IS-linked terror groups. Among participating government agencies and NGOs are the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Community and Family Services International (CFSI) and the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP).

This year’s beneficiaries are mostly internally displaced persons, differently-abled and underprivileged.

CFSI, an Australia-funded non-government organization, provides basic social services aside from livelihood packages, while the WFP caters mainly to local farmers and fishfolks.

Representatives from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao were also present in the event. Items distributed included carpentry toolkit, tractor units, sacks of rice and cassava granulators. (CCabajar/DHSUD)