By Vincent Philip Bautista
BUBONG, Lanao del Sur, May 24–Some 18 internally displaced women from Barangay Pindoguan here completed a Dressmaking Training Program as part of Marawi Response Project (MRP) capacity-building initiative in the province.
“We are happy with Plan International and their stakeholders kasi malaking tulong na ito ang dressmaking sa economy namin, kasi yung mga beneficiaries ay mga IDPs at mga host barangays, we know that malaking kawalan yung nagkaroon ng Marawi siege, marami ang nawalan ng trabaho and this time nabigyan na sila ng chance na maka bangon ulit through this livelihood training,” said Bubong Administrative Officer Nabillah Abdulhakim.
(We are happy with Plan International and their stakeholders because this dressmaking training is a huge boost to our economy, these beneficiaries are IDPs and their host barangays, we know it was a huge loss when the Marawi siege happened, a lot of people lost their jobs and this time, they are given a chance to recover through this livelihood training)
Organized by Plan International and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the joint venture coordinated with the local government unit (LGU) and Maranao People Development Center Inc. (MARADECA) to organize a Community Solidarity Group (CSG) ni Brgy Pindoguan and find out their key needs and wants for their in-kind grant training.
With all 18 IDP graduates belonging to Bubong’s Bil-Baraqah Women Organization, Abdulhakim shares that their LGU aims to further empower the women as part of their Gender and Development (GAD) program by providing additional capital or aiding them marketing their new skills to the community via online and on the ground.
Further, Rohainah Macaalin Pangcatan, MARADECA Community Development Facility Officer, shared that despite the completion of their training program, they will still continue their close monitoring of their beneficiaries through the creation of their online group chat and exchange of contact details.
“Kahit na hindi kami maka pumunta ng personal, through call and text na kokontact pa rin namin sila,” she said.
(Despite not being able to go there personally, we can still reach each other through call and text.)
Through the joint private and public partnership among the stakeholders, Plan International and the BLGU of Pindoguan was also able to establish a shared-tailoring building in December 2020 containing 17 tailoring machines and training capacity of 25 individuals.
With a new chapter starting anew, the MARADECA Community Development Facility Officer, emphasized to the graduates the importance of utilizing the skills they have learned. “Sana sa mga natutunan ninyo ngayon sa training na dressmaking wag nyo kalimutan at pabayaan kasi yun yan talaga ang mamana ninyo sa anak niyo na hindi kayang nakawin ng iba,” she shared.
(Hopefully, you won’t forget and neglect the your training in dressmaking because [the knowledge] is the only thing you can pass on to your children that can’t be stolen)
Dressmaking training program graduate, Soraya Radia, a former barangay helper shared her gratitude to the training and their sponsors. “Itong dressmaking ay nakatulong po sa akin, kahit konti ang kita pero pag iponin mo ay malaking bagay na sa amin, akala mo ang hirap gawin pag tingnan mo pero pag umpisa mo madali pala,” she said.
(This dressmaking [training] is really helpful for me, even with small earnings, if you save it all up then it’s already a huge help for us, it looks hard at first but once you start you’ll realize it’s quite easy). Philippine Information Agency