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UsecMacatoman urges Marawi IDPs for close coordination to hasten livelihood


MARAWI CITY: The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has called on Marawi internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have not received yet the starter kits and other relief assistance given by the department to IDPS to coordinate with them so that they can get what they deserve.

DTI Undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman said in a press briefing here on Monday the department’s operation team which he now heads is ready to answer the need of the evacuees especially on how they can start the recovery of their business and livelihood.

Reports said there were evacuees who complained for having not received the starter kits and other assistance from the government allegedly because their names were not in the list although they had complied with all requirements including the biometric procedure yet their names are not in the DSWD list.

Macatoman said the DTI did not have the exact figure from the database of the IDPs as profiled by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). So DTI had to hire enumerators to continue the profiling.

The undersecretary said this is a bigger challenge to DTI because this is the first time it had handled such a big program.

He said they only had a few people at first but after conducting consultation on how to speed up the program for the recovery of the business and livelihood of the IDPs, they had to increase manpower.

To make the distribution of relief assistance inclusive, he said they included in the distribution team a representative from the Ulama (Religious Scholars, representatives from the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and business sector like the Bangon Marawi Chamber of Commerce.

Macatoman said out of the targeted 49 thousand starter kits to be distributed to IDPs, 39 thousands have already been released in 2019 and are expected to be completed in 2020.

He said this assistance is part of the government recovery program for the Maranao IDPs.

“DTI as chair of the Business and Livelihood Subcommittee of the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) is tasked to return to normalcy the business and livelihood of the Maranao evacuees,” he added.

Dr. Rosalinda Pineda, project manager of TFBM subcommittee on business and livelihood said DTI has given so much to the IDPs. These included the Starter Kits, the Dressmaking Kits like Sewing Machines, Rice (Bigasan), Bakery, Eatery (Carinderia), masonry kits, Groceries (Sarisari) and many more.

When asked on the success of the program, if there are beneficiaries whose livelihood has been sustained until this day after receiving the business and livelihood kits, she said based on their monitoring at least one out of ten beneficiaries are successful in their business.

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