By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

MARAWI CITY, Dec. 13 (PIA ICCC) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is in the fast lane in distributing various livelihood starter kits to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Marawi City.

As of Dec. 12, DTI has distributed around 31,000 starter kits, 62 percent of the total target of 50,000.

“We started distributing sewing machines, rice starter kits, carenderia kits. E-loading starter kits and grocery kits will soon be distributed,” said Rosalinda Pineda, DTI-TFBM Project Coordinator.

Beneficiaries of the starter kits expressed their gratitude to the agency for providing them assistance.

Jamel Hadji Ali of Lilod Guimba received a carenderia starter kit and expressed his gratitude as he will able to continue his business before the siege happened.   

“Ako po ay nagpapasalamat sa kanila sa DTI, lalo na sa staff, kasi dil ang ako natutulungan nila, marami. Salamat po kasi bumalik na sa akin ang hanapbuhay ko,” said Ali.”

(I am grateful to DTI, especially to the staff, because they have helped many people, not just me. I am thankful that I can continue my business back then.)

Ali also urged his fellow IDPs to utilize the kits for their recovery.

“Sa mga IDPs, sana huwag nilang balewalain  kasi napakalaking tulong na iyon para sa pangsimula sa hanapbuhay,” he added.

(To the IDPs, don’t take for granted what the DTI has given you because it is a great help for us to start again.)

Meanwhile, Amera Canapia of Calocan East, recipient of rice kit, plans to add the rice kits to her business.

“Gusto po namin magpasalamt sa DTI kasi malaking tulong na ito sa amin at pangkabuhayan na ito. Pati sa TFBM para sa mga tulong na pinamimigay nila dito sa Marawi City,” said Canapia.

(We want to thank DTI because this is a great help, for business. And to TFBM for helping in providing us assistance.)

Being the lead agency of the Subcommittee on Business of Livelihood of Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), DTI is committed in assisting the IDPs to start anew through livelihood starter kits.

The list of beneficiaries is cross-matched with the data consolidated through Kathanor – profiling of the IDPs spearheaded by TFBM. (LEAntonio)