Women Maranao evacuees want to be busy with activities that can generate income.
In response to this expressed need, EcoWEB team sends an expert on skills management and alternative livehood at Maria Cristina evacuation center to train them on creative crafting of flower decors utilizing recycled materials. The products, if produced massively, can be sold at the market.
Remedios Maglangit of Iligan City Council of Women (ICCW) was the resource person of this initiative.
The training-workshop was done in half day.
“These women in the evacuation sites can also be taught of other possible income-generating activities to capacitate them economically despite this situation. It can also be part of the psychosocial initiatives to help them build on their positive strengths and rise from despairing situation,” explained Renefe Padilla who have been working on organizing survivor-led response volunteers in evacuation and in-house bakwit centers.
“Making rugs, from used and un-used clothes, is also possible to be shared to them. This can be replicated with other self-help groups in the evacuation sites who will identify income-generating activities as among the needs to be responded to,” Padilla said.
Some evacuees have already expressed possible economic crisis if the conflict situation in Marawi remains unresolved.
“If only we can be financially supported for micro-economic activities like setting up sari-sari stores, then it could help us become economically resilient,” said Teresita Taob, a mother of three and Melanie Ragmac, a former icecream vendor in Marawi.
Bulawan Wamilda, 56 years old evacuee who was selling vegetables in Marawi, thought, “maybe if we will be given a space where we can start and a small start up capital to put up a store, this can help us.”
“Gusto ko pong magkaroon ng sariling pangkabuhayan, kahit man lang magkaroon ng maliit na bahay kasi po ako ang tumatayong tatay at nanay sa aking mga anak. May sakit po ang aking asawa at kahit trabahong panlalaki, ginagawa ko na para lang mabuhay kami at magamot ang asawa ko,” related Marivic Dallen Asum, a mother of 6 children.
Macadato Imamlao, a lineman of Lasureco electric company, was worried what could happen if they’ll return in their place.
“Umuupa lang kami ng bahay sa Marawi. Siguro, wala na kaming mababalikan. Dito na siguro kami makapagsimula ng aming buhay,” he said.
“Sana nga lang magkaroon ng relocation kasi mahirap na po ang sitwasyon. Pa’no kung matagalan kami dito (evacuation site)? Wala na po kaming mapuntahang iba,” expressed Basher Acmad, a tricycle driver.
When our place will be declared peaceful, then we can maybe go back home and start working again,” said Leticia Goles, a utility worker in Marawi, who maintains optimism.