UN Habitat hands over livelihood projects to Marawi coops

MARAWI CITY, Jan 30 (PIA) - Cooperatives in the city acquired full ownership and management of livelihood projects as they were awarded the certificate of handover.

Initiated by the UN Habitat alongside the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), Ministry of Human Settlements and Urban Development, and the city government of Marawi in partnership with the Japan government, six cooperatives and/or homeowners associations were granted their own livelihood projects during the 2nd batch of Handover Ceremony of Community-managed Livelihood Projects Thursday, Jan. 28.

The six cooperatives included the Markaz Bandara Ingud HOA Marketing Cooperative, Madayanians Homeowners Agriculture Cooperative, Hijra Homeowners Service Cooperative, Boulevard People’s Organization, Sindaw Homeowners Consumers Cooperative, and Agus Malangas Homeowners Service Cooperative.

Prior to the ceremony, five cooperatives have already received their own livelihood projects during the 1st batch of handover on November 24, 2020 as two others are still set to receive their own projects on site in an unscheduled turnover.

The UN Habitat said this effort was implemented since 2018 with the aim of boosting economic activity in the city while it undergoes rehabilitation. Also, this advocates oneness, peace and development among the IDPs.

“Alam kong bago sa inyo ang magsama-sama. But kung makikita niyo ating proyekto, hindi lang siya livelihood. Kaakibat nito ‘yong peace and development. At ang peace and development, ‘yong kooperatiba o homeowner’s association, ay isang instrumento para masanay tayo na tayo dapat ay sama-sama. If we want to rebuild Marawi, dapat sama-sama,” UN Habitat Project Manager Waren Ubongen stated.

[I know it is new to you to be as one. But if you see this project, this is not just livelihood. This is associated with peace and development. And the peace and development, the cooperatives or homeowner’s association, are instruments for us to get used to being one. If we want to rebuild Marawi, we should always be one.]

Further, TFBM Asec. Felix Castro Jr. reminded the cooperatives to play their own roles and responsibilities as the UN Habitat has successfully served its own. 

“Nagawa na ng UN Habitat ang kanyang responsibility. Kayo na dapat ang magfulfill ng inyong responsibility nang sama-sama… mas maganda yang nandiyan at sama-sama kayong magtutulungan para ma-improve ang inyong buhay,” he said.

[The UN Habitat has already played its responsibility. It is you who must already fulfill your responsibility as one… it is better that you are there as one to help each other to improve your lives.]

Meanwhile, the cooperatives extended their gratitude to the UN Habitat and other contributing agencies for not forgetting them as they bring back Marawi again.   

“Kami po ay nagpapasalamat sa inyong lahat sa national government, local government, especially po sa UN Habitat.. kami po ay mga home-based. Di po kami nakatira sa mga shelter so Alhamdullilah, dumating po ang UN Habitat. Nasali po kami sa mga programa ni Habitat kaya maraming maraming salamat po sa inyo. Sa gobyerno ng Japan, maraming salamat po,” Faisal Mustapha, a member of Markaz Bandara Ingud HOA Cooperative, expressed. 

[We are thanking all of you in the national government, local government, especially the UN Habitat… we are home-based. We are not living in shelters so Alhamdullilah, UN Habitat came. We became part of the program of the UN Habitat so thank you so much to all of you. To the government of Japan, thank you.]

In totality, the UN Habitat have assisted 31 cooperatives in Marawi City wherein 13 are directly implemented by the said organization and the remaining 20 cooperatives are supervised by their partner Maranao People Development Center. (CRG/ PIA-ICIC)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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