MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)–As the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) and its partners concluded the two-day livelihood program tagged as Kawiyagan 2022: Trade, Techno and Job Fair, the citizenry here expressed their positive response saying that such event was indeed helpful as necessary services were offered to aid them in their call for livelihood.
This year’s Kawiyagan offered various services of government line agencies and non-government organizations from January 26 to 27, such as the job fair, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and government internship program enrollment, Business One-Stop Shop, orientation on civil documentation, free haircut, manicure and pedicure, and science and technology promotion.
Abdul Jalil Jamal, who availed of the skills enrollment by the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education – Technical Education and Skills Development (MBHTE-TESD), shared that the process taken was easy to deal with and that he was assured of a positive outcome for his effort of visiting Kawiyagan.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa pamahalaan dahil nagkaroon ng ganitong program na makakatulong sa mga taong walang trabaho. Also, nananawagan ako sa mga taong hindi pa nakapag-avail ng courses nila na magtake na kasi madali lang [ang enrollment] at matutulungan din nito sila in the near future,” he said after enrolling in Electrical Installation and Maintenance NCII.
[I am thanking the government because they have this program which is of help to people who do not have employment. Also, I am calling all those who still have not availed of their courses to already take [the enrollment] as they will benefit from it in the near future.]
Meanwhile, during the last day of the event, identified individuals and groups were awarded various livelihood assistance from the Community and Family Services International (CFSI), Plan International, Save the Children Philippines and the Bangsamoro region’s Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD).
Beneficiaries conveyed their gratitude to the government and the partner organizations for benefiting from these.
“Napalaking tulong talaga sa amin ang mga natanggap naming facilities… Nakatulong ito sa amin dahil kahit papaano ay unti-unti nabibigyan namin ang mga pamilya namin ng pang-araw-araw na gastusin sa bahay sa pamamagitan ng mga nakukuha namin sa aming livelihood,” said Beliante Cayongcat of Balaigay Women Achiever Group who received a livelihood equipment from Plan International for their pastry production.
[The facilities that we received are really a big help to us… These are helping because at least, we will be able to give our families daily budget for the necessities at home through our earnings from our livelihood.]
Fatima Indar whose group is called Ompongan o mga Farmer sa Casalayan and focused on pastry production likewise gave thanks to Plan International and the government for the conducted Kawiyagan and distribution of livelihood aid.
“Kahit papaano, nabuhay ulit ang isip namin para mag-isip ulit ng panibagong hanapbuhay… Maraming salamat sa mga bumuo nito. Maraming salamat sa inyo dahil tinulungan ninyo kaming bumangon ulit,” she said.
[At least, they revive our minds to think again of another livelihood… Thank you to all those who organize this. Thank you so much because you helped us to rise again.]
Now, residents hope that the Kawiyagan will still be conducted again or similar programs will be implemented as they see this beneficial in terms of their livelihood. (CRG/PIA-Lanao del Sur)
Photo 1: Dalaon Salimbago Ko Masa Group which is focused on pastry production receives livelihood assistance from Plan International during Kawiyagan 2022: Trade, Techno and Job Fair. It is through this that residents of Marawi City see the livelihood fair as helpful and timely. (PIA-Lanao del Sur)
Photo 2: Abdul Jalil Jamal joins the Kawiyagan 2022: Trade, Techno and Job Fair as he enrolls for Electrical Installation and Maintenance NCII. (PIA-Lanao del Sur)