MARAWI CITY – In its effort to provide socio-economic assistance to Marawi City’s home-based internally displaced persons (IDPs), the Bangsamoro Government has created Sagip Kabuhayan Program (SKP) under its P500-million funded Marawi Rehabilitation Program (MRP).
The MRP, launched on October 26, covers all of the BARMM’s plans and actions for the city’s rehab, which are based on the approved committee report made by the Bangsamoro Transitions Authority’s (BTA) Special Committee on Marawi (SCM).
During SKP’s initial pay-out on Friday, Dec. 11, Social Services Minister Raissa Jajurie and MRP Steering Committee Chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Ali Solaiman, along with some BTA members from the Ranaw region, led the house-to-house distribution of Php15,000.00 cash assistance to 185 IDP beneficiaries.
The recipients were among the first batch of home-based IDPs from Marawi’s most affected area (MAA), who are solo parents, separated, and widows, earning Php5,000 and below per month. This criteria, however, only applies to the initial batch.
Other home-based IDPs, including out-of-school youth and persons with disabilities, shall be included in the next batches of beneficiaries, which will be validated by the MSSD and the MRP’s Program Steering Committee (PSC).
Worth Php79-million, SKP is one of the initial projects of MSSD approved by PSC earlier in November. It provides seed capital or additional capital to small businesses owned by indigent families whose income were heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Itong programang ito (SKP) ay ang pagtugon ng MSSD noong nagkaroon ng Covid-19. We have to modify our programing sa gitna ng pandemya dahil nakita namin na bukod sa epekto po sa kalusugan ng tao, ang Covid-19 ay nagdulot din ng maraming economic na pagkukulang sa atin, marami ang nawalan ng trabaho at yung kita ay nawala,” said Jajurie.
“Immediate needs po ang narerespondihan ng SKP. Ang disenyo po ng Bangsamoro Sagip Kabuhayan ay mabigyan ng kapital o dagdag kapital yung mga taong pwede namang kumita sa pamamagitan ng mga economic activities para hindi lamang relief goods ang ating natatamasa […] Mas mahabang panahon ninyo magagamit yung epekto ng BARMM interventions,” Jajurie added.
The PSC has targeted over 3,290 beneficiaries for the SKP. Lanao del Sur’s Provincial Social Welfare Office will monitor the beneficiaries to ensure that cash assistance will be utilized properly. (BPI)