Marawi City, 28 September 2019 – The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) launched a six-month, PHP 44.2 million livelihood project to complement their post-conflict shelter rehabilitation project in Marawi City and facilitate the socio-economic reintegration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from communities affected by the Marawi Siege that took place May 2017 to October 2017.
The Japan-funded livelihood project, which will run until March 2020, aims to reach 4,000 households with sustainable livelihood opportunities and improve their capacities through community development, agri-business or enterprise development, trainings, linking and establishing markets, and employment generation.
The project will prioritize IDPs from the 20 barangays along the Agus River and Lanao Lake who can no longer return to their homes in the siege’s most affected areas (MAAs); IDPs from the agricultural barangays of Guimba, Dulay, and Calocan West; and artisans and handloom weavers of Marawi City.
“The livelihood project is a response to the livelihood needs assessment (LNA) that was carried out at the start of UN-Habitat’s Rebuilding Marawi through Community-Driven Shelter and Livelihood Project,” said Christopher Rollo, UN-Habitat Country Programme Manager.
The assessment revealed that support especially in cash-for-work programs and market linkages, access of IDPs to start-up capital, and livelihood opportunities for women, the elderly and female-headed households was needed to complement government interventions and response.
The project will be implemented through two tracks: the Community-Managed Sustainable Livelihood track, with an allocation of PHP 14.2 million, will be shared and implemented by 13 cooperatives to provide start-up capital for identified micro-enterprise developments; and the Citywide Sustainable Livelihood track, with an allocation of PHP 15 million each for two (2) implementing partners, will promote and diversify existing livelihoods in Marawi City.
With the siege resulting in massive displacement, damaged properties, and disrupted economic activities, the livelihood project endeavors to help strengthen or restore the social fabric and promote peacebuilding among war-affected communities in Marawi City.
“Participation and direct involvement in the project by affected communities were ensured through the People’s Process, a globally recognized approach wherein the people themselves lead the rebuilding of their homes and communities,” Rollo furthered. “Through a transparent and participatory approach, the communities identified livelihood projects and prepared proposal designs tailored to their needs and priorities.”
A project homepartner and a member of the Hijra Transport Service Cooperative, Jamila Asam, 33, is glad that her family will not only receive a permanent shelter from UN-Habitat but a livelihood support as well.
“The livelihood project that we identified will be of great help to us when we start resettling to the shelter units that the project will also be providing us. It will help stimulate economic growth of the ‘new’ community that we hope to build,” said Asama.
Attendant to the livelihood project launch, UN-Habitat also unveiled two model shelter units at Barangay Sagonsongan. Each two-storey shelter unit cost around PHP 205,000 that includes the amenities, materials, and labor. It can accommodate up to eight family members. About 1,500 of these cost-effective, culturally sensitive, and sustainable shelters are to be constructed within Marawi City starting October. (Kent Bolisay, Jr. UN Communications Officer/ w/ Now-pinay)