By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
More than a year after the Marawi siege, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to help the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the city to rise from the rubble and bounce back to their normal lives.
DSWD, through its field offices in Northern Mindanao and Soccsksargen, launched the provision of seed capital fund under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) to IDPs in Marawi City staying in Sarimanok Tent City, a temporary resettlement site located at Barangay Marawi Poblacion.
Most of the IDPs staying in the tent city are residents from the ground zero or the city’s most affected areas during the course of the war.
A total of 323 families from the resettlement site each received a P10,000 seed capital fund for a total of P3,230,000 from DSWD.
The provision of seed capital fund is one of the modalities of SLP, which includes a capacity-building grant for micro-enterprise development for the beneficiaries to enable them to set up a credit and savings facility and/or manage an individual or group enterprise.
DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo handed over the livelihood aid to the beneficiaries and encouraged them to continue to rebuild their lives.
“May you grow the aid provided by DSWD SLP in setting up small businesses and continue to expand your knowledge in business and financial management. Several enterprises will soon rise in Marawi,” Orogo said.
Some beneficiaries plan to use their livelihood grants in setting up community sari-sari stores and small cooperatives, while others plan to utilize the aid in fish vending, dressmaking, rice retailing, and in baking and selling of Maranao delicacies.
Recognizing the significance of providing sustainable sources of income for the IDPs, DSWD has been implementing various livelihood and relief interventions for the displaced residents of the war-torn city.
These include the provision of Cash-for-Building Livelihood Assets, Employment Assistance Fund, and Cash-For-Work program for recovery and rehabilitation community works.
The assistance provided by the Department to 75,752 affected families (based on the unduplicated number of affected families) has already reached a total of P1,769,307,357.20 worth of services and interventions.
This included relief and livelihood aid, Ramadan food packs and cash assistance, cash assistance under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation, cash-for-work and Kambalingan sa Marawi City.
In addition, 672 families who transferred to the Sagonsongan Transitory Site were provided with a total of P16,746,912 worth of services and interventions which included family food packs; hygiene, kitchen, family, sleeping kits; and, financial assistance.
As of July 31, 2018, there are still 1,675 families staying inside 23 evacuation centers in Northern Mindanao and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), while 11,131 families are home-based IDPs from Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, Caraga, ARMM, and a few regions in Luzon