DTI gives 500
livelihood starter kits to Marawi IDPs
July 17, 2018
MARAWI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) awarded 500 livelihood
starter kit certificates to Internally Displaced People (IDPs)
during the Marawi Entrepreneurs’ Forum and Job Fair last July 16.
The event, held at the Mindanao State University main campus in
Marawi, is the first big forum and job fair in the city since the
Marawi siege. Earlier programs in Marawi were on P3 micro lending
and livelihood distribution, while big fora were done before in
“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 Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, head of the Task Force Bangon
Marawi Sub-Committee on Business and Livelihood.
The starter kits are worth
P15,000 and can be customized to the business of their choice.
Earlier this year, DTI previously awarded 756 certificates for
sewing, carinderia, sari-sari store, carpentry, electrician, Maranao
delicacies, street food starter kits, Kia bongo delivery trucks, and
mobile rice mills.
The new batch of starter
kits will now include tricycles and pedicabs to answer the need for
transportation in the area.
“Maranaos are naturally
inclined to be entrepreneurs,” said Mindanao State University
President Dr. Habib Macaayong as he expressed their readiness to
start new businesses.
The Department of Budget
and Management (DBM) recently approved the budget for the starter
kits and DTI will now proceed with their procurement.
Aside from DTI awarding
starter kits, the event featured a forum on financing by the Small
Business Corporation, Asa Philippines, and Al-Amanah Islamic Bank.
Partner organizations DSWD,
USAID, Philippine Disaster Relief Foundation, Coke and TESDA also
shared their livelihood programs.
For job-seekers, the
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) also offered a job fair
during the second half of the program.