MARAWI CITY: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has opened on Wednesday a satellite market and mobile stores in Barangay Sagonsongan here to serve families displaced by the 2017 Marawi Siege and now living in transitory shelters in the barangay.
It is the second satellite market and mobile stores implemented by the UN-Habitat as part of its initiative, Covid-19 Response as We Rebuild Marawi. The other one is located at Barangay Boganga.
The project is aimed to bring the markets closer to the people through fairly priced food and essential goods as it continues to provide support in fighting the spread of the coronavirus.
To serve at least 2,000 internally displaced families in transitory sites as well as families originally residing in the said barangays, the project is aimed to bring the markets closer to the people through fairly priced food and essential goods as it continues to provide support in fighting the spread of the coronavirus.
Mayor Majul Gandamra who led the Wednesday opening program said this project is a great help to the community consumers here. “Instead of going to markets located far from their community, they can buy their basic needs and commodities in this market at very low price,” he added.
Gandamra said this project also gives opportunity to local merchants of agricultural products and basic commodities to sell their products amidst the community quarantine.
The LGU Marawi has provided the market buildings while UN-Habitat provides stocks and other support items.
Volunteers from accredited cooperatives in the barangays serve as sellers or vendors selling various basic goods and commodities.
The Un-Habitat also installed water tank, washing stations with soap and alcohol not only in the two brangays but also in strategic locations to assure cleanliness and help prevent local transmission of the coronavirus.
Nearly two months since the enforcement of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Marawi city and the province of Lanao del Sur, the limited mobility of people and the transportation of goods from production areas to where the markets are, have constrained the access to food by Maranao families who have yet to recover from the displacement caused by the 2017 Marawi siege.
Families in these barangays are encouraged to buy from the satellite markets to save travel time and expense and as a way of decongesting central markets. Mobile stores are also deployed in 10 barangays situated far from the city center to reach more 500 families.
Vehicles owned by the cooperatives and homeowner’s associations being supported by UN-Habitat function as mobile stores and will travel to the identified 10 distant barangays on specific days and time.
In a statement, Christopher Rollo, UN Habitat country programme manager, said the current initiative is part of the agency’s “Rebuilding Marawi through Community-driven Shelter and Livelihood” project which partnered with the local government unit (LGU) of Marawi, Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), and Marawi Sultanate League to help the city recover from the devastation.
MASIDING NOOR YAHYA