MARAWI CITY, Dec. 30 - The Restoring Livelihoods and Learning in Marawi Project, funded by The Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) through Asian Development Bank (ADB), supports the implementation of Output 4 of the Philippine Government’s Emergency Assistance for the Reconstruction and Recovery of Marawi (ERRM) with the objective of improving the social services and livelihood in the city.
The JFPR grant complements the government’s Marawi rehabilitation initiatives. The consortium is headed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) with the Department of Trade and Industries (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Education (DepEd) and Save the Children Philippines as the implementing organization, facilitating contracts with executive agencies for services rendered under the grant.
The grant specifically provides support on short-term emergency employment, longer-term livelihood development for working-age men and women, and culturally- and age-appropriate, gender- and conflict-sensitive learning opportunities for boys and girls.
“The project’s objective is to ensure access to emergency income and livelihood support to the conflict-affected internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities in Marawi and its neighboring municipalities,” said Edwin Horca, BARMM Team Leader, Save the Children Philippines. He added that the project also addresses the youth sector by providing them peace education, learning and livelihood opportunities.
The project’s livelihood component supports 1,200 beneficiaries in accessing livelihood programs. “Our livelihood program is adopted and integrated with DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) and DTI’s Shared Services Facility Program (SSFP),” expressed Horca.
Project beneficiaries identified by DTI will receive trainings on business planning, basic entrepreneurship development, productivity, safety and health, and production skills. They will also receive livelihood starter kits to spearhead or further improve their existing livelihoods.
Save the Children in partnership with DTI released booster funding to each of the 69 beneficiaries identified, screened and endorsed by the agency. These beneficiaries were seen as having the potential of creating impact in the community as their products will be promoted in both local and international markets. Usec. Abdulgani Macatoman of the Office of Special Concerns and DTI Bangon Marawi Program heads the Product Promotion Group of DTI to bring these plans into reality.
Women will also receive further livelihood business scale up with access to microfinance through ADBs Fostering Women’s Empowerment Through Financial Inclusion in Conflict-Impacted and Lagging Provinces Project.
All of the activities are aligned with the government’s needs assessment and the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (BMCRRP), managed by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM).
“The project is a collaborative inter-agency effort of doing the same work guided with the same vision of restoring and rebuilding the lives of people especially the women and youth of Marawi through sustainable livelihoods,” shared Horca. (Save the Children)
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