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DTI distributes starter kits to Marawi’s IDPs


THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced that some P20 million worth of starter kits were distributed to internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Marawi City.

In a statement, DTI said 17,680 beneficiaries or 36 percent of the targeted 49,000 IDPs by the end of 2019, have received their starter kits — sari-sari store, bigasan (rice retail), sewing machine, school supplies, carinderia (eatery), carpentry tools, electronic tools or e-loading stations.

DTI said this is part of the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood’s move to foster livelihood growth for IDPs affected by the five-month Marawi siege, from May to October 2017 through the Kawiyagan program.

Dubbed as “Siyap sa Marawi, Gagaw ko Pagtao” (Pag-aalaga sa Marawi, Pagmamahal sa Kapwa), Kawiyagan is a series of distribution of livelihood assistance to the IDPs affected by the Marawi siege.

Last August 22 marked the first anniversary of the Kawiyagan program since its launching on Aug. 24, 2018.

Trade Regional Director Linda Boniao said the program was not only about to the distribution of livelihood starter kits, but also a way to showcase the beneficiaries’ outputs and how different agencies complement each others’ livelihood interventions.

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