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DSWD info tech monitors cash assistance distribution

April 23, 2019

MARAWI CITY,  - To track down the cash assistance extended by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) here, its Information and Communication Technology experts have designed a monitoring system to record the program implementation.  DSWD’s social workers can be provided with real-time updates on the ongoing cash assistance distribution under the Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) and Transitory Family Support Package (TFSP) programs.  The monitoring system contains the list of displaced individuals who have been served by the agency, including unserved beneficiaries from the 24 barangays of the most affected area (MAA). Those beneficiaries who failed to claim their cash assistance will be able to verify their current status through the use of the system. DSWD-10 Regional Director, Mariflor Dollaga-Libang, said the development of this information system made the cash distribution “smooth and clean,” helping them to identify those already served from unserved ones.  Meanwhile, Director Libang ensures that all beneficiaries from the 24 barangays of the most affected area (MAA) in the city would be catered to provided that they could show enough proofs during the verification.  The Task Force Bangon Marawi's (TFBM) Kathanor profiling is the baseline data of DSWD's LSG and TFSP cash distribution. DSWD is a member of the TFBM's subcommittee on business and livelihood and the lead agency of the subcommittee on health and social welfare. 

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DWSD to cater to IDPs left out during payouts

April 23, 2019

MARAWI CITY,  – With the ongoing distribution of cash assistance by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) and Transitory Family Support Package (TFSP), the agency has vowed to cater to internally displaced persons (IDPs) who failed to receive cash assistance during payouts for some valid reasons. DSWD-10 Regional Director Mariflor Libang said the agency would give reasonable extensions for those IDPs who were not able to get their cash assistance during the scheduled distribution in their barangays. "For those who weren't able to come to their schedule, definitely we are catering to them the next day. But in instances that they went somewhere, we are giving them extensions, and we will tap the local government unit to inform them about that incremental period of our services," Dir. Libang explained. "We assure that the IDPs will be getting the services they deserve," she added. DSWD's cash assistance payout for the 24 barangays of the most affected area (MAA) started on April 6 and will last until May 29 this year. Director Libang said the agency aims to complete the cash distribution to all 24 barangays as soon as possible. Nonetheless, she added, "we have to consider the holidays, Saturdays, Sundays, and the Mondays for our evaluation, assessment and of course our preparation for the next payout." The DSWD would maximize the use of tri-media to inform the IDPs on the schedule of cash assistance distribution for LSG and TFSP for Marawi residents.

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DTI vows livelihood support to continue for Marawi IDPs

April 22, 2019

MARAWI CITY, -- As the lead agency of Task Force Bangon Marawi’s  (TFBM) Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has assured the internally displaced persons (IDPs) here of continuous livelihood support to help them recover from the siege that rocked this city almost two years ago. As of April 16, 2019, DTI has already distributed 1,729 sari-sari store starter kits costing P 7,795 each. The kits, which contain 55 types of grocery items, are distributed to the IDPs who were profiled by DTI from August to October 2018. The data were then cross-matched with the master list of other government agencies, and to be validated further against the Kathanor database.  DTI-10 Regional Director Linda Boniao explained during the recently held Bangon Marawi press briefing, that food carts were supposedly be given along with the starter kits. However, it was found out that the remaining amount P7,205 out of the P15,000 allocated for the whole package, is not enough to purchase a food cart.  With DTI’s goal to provide livelihood support immediately to the target beneficiaries, it initially distributed the kits last April 4. It is now looking at options of what to give in lieu of the food cart. Rohanie Macabando of Marinaut East expressed his gratitude and joy when she received the assistance from DTI. “Maraming salamat po sa starter kits mula sa Task Force Bangon Marawi at DTI. Masaya ako kasi may grocery na pwede ipangdagdag sa store ko,” said Macabando. [Thank you for the starter kits from Task Force Bangin Marawi and DTI. I am happy to receive the grocery items for my store.] Currently residing in Tubod, Iligan City, Macabando will continue managing her sari-sari store with the assistance from DTI. Meanwhile, Anisa Lomabao from South Madaya Proper also thanked the DTI and TFBM as they can now start selling groceries again. To date, DTI has already distributed 2884 sewing machines with starter cloths and sewing kits and 500 bigasan kits. For 2019, 10,000 beneficiaries are set to receive sari-sari store starter kits from the agency.

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TFBM to profile renters of Marawi

April 16, 2019

MARAWI CITY, – The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) is eyeing to profile the renters in this City once the Kathanor (organization) profiling for the homeowners and sharers in returned barangays is finished.  TBFM Chairman and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said during the recently held Bangon Marawi Press Briefing that the renters in Marawi would be profiled.  “After we have completed the profiling for homeowners and sharers, we will now profile the renters so that we can provide possible interventions to them,” del Rosario said.  TFBM Field Office Manager and HUDCC Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr., also said in an interview that the process and requirements for the profiling of the renters are still being discussed and reviewed.  “Kailangan magkaroon ng sistema para madetermine kung sino ba talaga ang renters. We will be strict dito to ensure na yung totoong renters lang ang mapoprofile natin,” he said.  [We need to have a system that will determine the legitimate renters. We will be strict in facilitating this to ensure that only legitimate renters will be profiled.]  Castro also shared that there was also a discussion made with the business owners. DTI will then be consulted on how they can support them.   The Kathanor profiling for the homeowners and sharers for the returned barangays will be conducted until April 30, 2019.

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TFBM chair: Marawi rehab ‘slow but sure’

April 16, 2019

MARAWI CITY,  - The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) is asking the displaced residents' patience, understanding, and support for the ongoing rehabilitation and recovery of this city.  In a recently held TFBM press briefing right at this city’s most affected area after the May 23, 2019 siege, Marawi rehab czar and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario reiterated the government's commitment to help the war-torn city rise again.  "We need your cooperation to fast track the rehabilitation. We need to help each other. We are strictly following what the President said that he will see to it that Marawi will rise as a prosperous city again," de Rosario stressed.  During the recent TFBM public consultation, some displaced Marawi residents insisted to go home and rebuild their houses on their own.  But Secretary del Rosario deferred the idea because of the ongoing clearing and disposal of UXOs or unexploded bombs inside the MAA.   "We would like ensure that our rehabilitation is very safe and be assured that we are on the right track and at the right timetable," he explained.  UXO clearing and disposal will end on August 30 this year and the debris management on November 30.

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PDP Laban supporters troop to Marawi Gym and wait for Pres Duterte

April 13, 2019

Thousands of supporters occupied the Dimaporo Gymnasium in MSU Main campus in Marawi during a proclamation rally of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas Ng Bayan, last Friday (April 12). President Duterte was expected to arrive to raise hands of the PDP Laban bets but the bad weather condition prevented him to fly to Marawi. (Divina M. Suson)

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