By Claire R. Gigje
MUNAI, Lanao del Norte, June 3–The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) North Western Mindanao Front based at Camp Bilal in the province of Lanao del Norte is seen to receive more livelihood facilities from the government through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
DTI Special Concerns and Trade Promotions Group Usec. Abdulgani Macatoman shared that this effort is pursuant to the department’s mandate of initiating business and entrepreneurship for communities in addition to the government’s goal of providing livelihood to needing communities.
“Mayroon tayong mandato sa DTI paano tayo makacreate ng trabaho at makapagturo tayo ng negosyo para tayo ay magkaroon ng kabuhayan… Adhikain po ng ating pamahalaan, ang Duterte administration, na makapagbigay ng pangkabuhayan. Ito ay pinapattern natin sa shared service facility,” he stated.
[We have a mandate in DTI on how we will create employment and introduce business so that we will have livelihood… It is our government’s aim, the Duterte administration, to give livelihood. We pattern this with shared service facility.]
Macatoman bared that the DTI’s shared service facility (SSF)-Phase 2 will deliver the camp’s additional necessary equipment comprising machines to boost coconut, palapa and abaca production.
“Alam niyo po na ang Pilipinas ay isa sa mga malalaking exporters ng coconut so makakapagbigay din tayo ng highly mechanized na mga makina na pwede nating gamitin dito sa Camp Bilal… Kasama din po sa high value crop na tinitignan natin iyong palapa production, abaca extractor. Magkakasama po iyan,” he detailed.
[We all know that the Philippines is one of the big exporters of coconut so we can also give highly mechanized machines that we can use here in Camp Bilal… Along with the high-value crops that we also assess are the palapa production and abaca extractor. Those go together.]
Meanwhile, the DTI in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) launched just today the rice mill project for five identified cooperatives of the community.
“Ito ay isa sa mga request ng ating pinakamamahal na si Commander Bravo, member of the parliament. Adhikain natin na madeliver lahat ng pinangako natin. Ito ay umpisa pa lamang doon sa ibibigay natin na pangkabuhayan,” said Macatoman.
[This is one of the requests of our dearest Commander Bravo, member of the parliament. It is our aim to deliver all our promises. This is just the beginning of giving livelihood.] Philippine Information Agency