Panggao Saduc is one of the 96 barangays of the war-torn Marawi City with residents determined to start anew after the tragedy in 2017.
Among its residents is Jowayria Regaro, a member of the Mga Montia Bae Service Cooperative, a cooperative of tailoring and dressmaking established in Marawi. Regaro was displaced along with other Panggao women by the five-month conflict in the city in 2017.
“Yung coop namin, nung nag siege na, nagkawatak-watak kami, kahit saan-saan na nakapag-evacuate yung mga tao at mga kasama namin.” narrates Regaro.
[During the siege, members of the coop had dispersed and evacuated in different areas.]
Determined to uplift the lives of Muslim women to dignity and sustainability, the Office of the President Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits Inc (ECOWEB), and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) initiated a livelihood program which highlighted a tailoring and dressmaking project launched in March 2020 for the women of Panggao Saduc.
“Kami po ay nabiyayaan nila, nabigyan nila ng makina, heavy duty na makina at saka mga tela na puhunan namin, na napag-umpisahan naming tahian,” said the delighted Regaro.
[We were given heavy-duty sewing machines and fabrics to sew for dressmaking.]
Women of the Mga Montia Bae Service Cooperative had used the sewing machines and fabric in making formal dresses, casual and long dresses, Muslim hijabs and muknas, curtains, and any special instructions in demand for their customers.
“Maraming salamat napaka-laking tulong ang naidulot ng kooperatibang ito at ng OPAPP at TFBM sa programang ito. Naintindihan at natuto kami kung paano ang entrepreneurship at ng ganitong enterprises,” Regaro added.
[Thank you, OPAPP, and TFBM for introducing us to this program. We were able to understand and learn about entrepreneurship and about this enterprise with your help.]
Mga Montia Bae Service Cooperative is just one of the several beneficiaries of the interventions made by TFBM and its partners as part of their commitment to bring back Marawi and its residents on their feet again. (KAS/PIA-ICIC)