Following the successful Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training Program conducted in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte, SM Foundation kicked off its second training program in Lanao, this time in Marawi City.
An orientation program for 156 participants was conducted in Barangay Dulay Proper, Marawi City by SM Foundation led by SM Foundation AVP for Livelihood Programs Cristie Angeles and Harbest Agribusiness Corporation’s Arsenio Barcelona. The participants belong to KSK Batch 165 and are internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the once war-torn Islamic city.
Guests at the program orientation were Brgy. Captain Minsoari Ala; Ms. Nelia Soriano, livelihood chief of NHA; Ms. Noraidah Busran, SLP Regional Project Coordinator DSWD 12; Director Raynilo Aniñon, OCD – ARMM Task Force Bangon Marawi; Hon. Majul Gandambra, Mayor of Marawi City; and Sec. Eduardo del Rosario, HUDCC, Chairman of Task Force Bangon Marawi.
Task Force Bangon Marawi is a government inter-agency task force group organized to facilitate the rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction efforts in Marawi. The positive impact of the first farmers’ training program in Lanao del Norte inspired the city government of Marawi to replicate the program in the locality.
Two hundred twenty-one evacuees completed the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training Program in Barangay Nangka, Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. The training afforded the IDPs an alternative source of livelihood and source of food.
Lanao del Norte 2nd District Representative Abdullah Dimaporo likewise endorsed the program.