Some residents of Marawi City line up for the job fair held at the Dimaporo Gymnasium, MSU-Marawi. (Photo: James Umaran/PIA ICCC)
MARAWI CITY, – Being the lead agency of Task Force Bangon Marawi - Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) spearheaded the “Marawi Entrepreneurs’ Forum and Job Fair” to engage different stakeholders and government agencies to share their livelihood programs.
Speaking to the attendees of the forum, Secretary Ramon Lopez of DTI presented the interventions and support provided by his agency for the recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi.
“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte wants to ensure that government support continues and DTI must help revive businesses and livelihood in Marawi City. We will not stop until this city restores its vibrant trade and industry,” said Lopez.
Meanwhile, Undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman of DTI emphasized the significance of partnering with private sectors to bring closer to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Marawi the livelihood and job opportunities on the ground.
Macatoman also believes in the resilience of the Maranaos that is vital for their recovery. “Ang mga Maranao ay likas na trader, kung tulong-tulong, hindi imposible na makakabangon sila, marerehab ang negosyo nila,” he said.
[The Maranaos are traders in nature; if there is collaboration, it is not impossible that they can recover; that their businesses will be rehabilitated.]
DTI also awarded 500 livelihood starter kit certificates worth P15,000 each to the IDPs.
A forum on financing was also conducted by having the representatives of Small Business Corporation, Asa Philippines, and Al-Amanah Islamic Bank.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) led a job fair having 24 employers (10 overseas and 14 local) and 3,031 job vacancies.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development will also provide a minimum of P5,000 cash assistance to those who will be hired to process their documents.
Other agencies and partners of the said event include Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, United States Agency for International Development , Philippine Disaster Relief Foundation, Coca-Cola and Go Negosyo. (LEAntonio/PIA ICCC)
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