By Department of Social Welfare and Development
 
MARAWI CITY — Abdulgani Manalocon Paingco has two wives, that is why he needed to work double to provide fairly for his two families. He has been in the furniture business for quite a long time already, earning an average of Php 20,000.00 a month from his furniture shop originally located in Barangay Tolali in Marawi City, part of the twenty-four barangays of the “most affected area.”
 
By producing quality woodcraft and displaying a commendable professional attitude towards work, especially in meeting the set time, Abdulgani was able to secure regular clients.
 
This already established reputation of Abdulgani in furniture business became the major factor for him to opt where to allocate the cash assistance received from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
 
He started to put up a furniture shop again. Months after, not only were they able to regain the stature of their furniture shop, but they were also able to acquire for themselves a multicab.
 
“Miyakalala panalamat ami sa DSWD-SLP ko kiyaogopi nyo rkami a makapoon saroman ko miyagba a mga kawiyagan ami sa Ground Zero sa Marawi (We are very thankful for DSWD-SLP for helping us to start again from our affected livelihoods at Ground Zero Marawi),” Abdulgani remarked.
 
“Imanto na diyakun di mapakaku-class so mga wata akun ago pkibgay akun ko mga pamilya akun so pkasokat akun sa giyaya a furniture shop akun” (Now, I am able to send my children to school and provide for my families because of my new furniture shop),” he added. (Mga Kuwento ng PagSibol/DSWD)