The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is keen on fasttracking the revival of
Marawi City’s illustrious business environment as the agency looks to provide more
assistance to affected Maranao entrepreneurs.
“We plan to allocate more budget for this year to support the Bangon Marawi programs
to provide livelihood assistance to around 80% of identified internally displaced persons
(IDPs) in 2018,” said Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.
DTI Regional Operations Group (ROG) Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said that the
agency has set aside Php 50 million to fund the Shared Service Facilities (SSF) project
and will seek additional budget to fund the provision of livelihood starter kits, micro
loans, mobile rice mills, tricycles, construction of public markets, and provision of retail
spaces in major malls to promote Maranao products, among others.
“We will continue to provide assistance to our brothers and sisters in Marawi. As of now
we are working to assist Maranao entrepreneurs with micro loans through the Pondo sa
Pagbabago at Pag-asenso or P3, mobile rice mills, tricycles, and equipment,” Maglaya
The P50 million SSF fund will help address the needs of Maranao entrepreneurs in the
aspect of loomweaving,wood working, and brasswares by providing equipment that
matches their needs, she added.
The agency, through the Small Business Corporation (SB Corp), also released a total of
P375,000 micro loans in the form of P3 to 37 Maranao borrowers, who were also
recipient of DTI’s business starter kits, received assistance from DTI.
SB Corp has earmarked at least 1,000 Marawi entrepreneur beneficiaries that will
receive loan packages in the first quarter of 2018.
The agency has also provided entrepreneurs with mobile rice mills, livelihood starter
kits such as sari-sari store kits, and sewing kits. The Department, in partnership with
the Skills Mastery Institute (SMI), also trained and retrained the IDPs on garments
As of December 2017, a total of 588 equipment/starter kits were distributed and
provided trainings to 1,963 IDP beneficiaries. In addition, 240 beneficiaries were linked
to financial institutions.
Maglaya added that DTI will train these beneficiaries who were given aid on simple
book-keeping to help sustain their businesses.
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As part of Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), DTI, as lead agency, together with other
government agencies comprising the subcommittee on business and livelihood (SCBL),
has assisted affected Marawi residents.
“With the help of member agencies of the Task Force Bangon Marawi Subcommitee on
Business and Livelihood, we assure that Maranao entrepreneurs will be back on their
feet in no time,” Maglaya said.
The assistance is in line with the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to provide
livelihood to IDPs in Marawi City and other affected localities. This also follows
Administrative Order No. 03 of the President, mandating the creation of an inter-agency
task force that would implement the recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of
Marawi City and other affected localities of which providing business and livelihood is
Member agencies of the Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood are the Department
of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment
and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE),
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Science and
Technology (DOST), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Office of the
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), and Technical Education and
Skills Development Authority (TESDA). END
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