Landbank extends psycho-social support to Marawi survivors

Maris Federez   •   May 23, 2020   •   317

FILE PHOTO: Marawi residents

MANILA, Philippines — The Landbank of the Philippines (Landbank) on Saturday announced that it has given psycho-social support (PSS) to more than 2,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the five-month-long Marawi siege that took place from March 23 to October 23, 2017.

The project under Landbank’s Gawad Angat Bayan (Gabay) Program was funded by the Department of Finance (DOF) under the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau-Interest Differential Fund (KfW-IDF), according to the bank’s press release on May 23.

Since the implementation of the program in January 2019, Landbank said it has partnered with Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BFMI) “to conduct various PSS activities that have so far benefited 1,673 internally displaced adults and 455 internally displaced children in ten (10) barangays and transitional shelters in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur.”

The Landbank media release said the PSS activity, called Mashwara Para Ko Kapamulong (Conversations for Healing), is designed to provide space for community sharing and community-building among IDPs and other individuals affected by violence.

It further said that the program also aimed at identifying and prioritizing issues within the communities, and come up with common hopes and possible actions to address the identified issues.

“The Landbank Gabay Program embodies the Bank’s commitment to help communities grow and recover. Since the implementation of the program in 2019, we were able to give hope to many of our brothers and sisters in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur, helping them rebuild their communities from the catastrophic impact brought about by the five-month-long siege in 2017,” Landbank President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo said.

The bank said it facilitated post-PSS activities, such as the Mashwara Corners, in partner-communities where participants shared their personal journeys since completing the Mashwara Para Ko Kapamulong activities.

The bank has also conducted a series of Children’s Festival which included games, storytelling and learning sessions for the internally displaced children.

Landbank said the PSS activity has a unique feature that incorporates eco-therapy where Landbank mounted various workshops and hands-on trainings on natural farming as a sustainable way of living and healing.

Landbank added that it also held a series of trainings of trainers on PSS, with a total of 101 graduates as part of the main components of the Gabay Program.

“The graduates eventually served as facilitators in the conduct of PSS activities and other interventions for the conflict-torn communities,” the advisory said. – /mbmf

LandBank, nagbukas ng satellite office para mapabilis ang pagbibigay ng ayuda sa PUV drivers

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbukas ng satellite operations office ang LandBank of the Philippines sa tanggapan ng Land Transportation Office (LTO) sa East Avenue sa Quezon City upang mapabilis ang pagbibigay ng ayuda para sa public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers.

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) na ang satellite office ng LandBank ay bukas simula ngayong Miyerkules, April 15 hanggang sa Biyernes, April 17.

Mula 8:30 ng umaga hanggang 12 ng tanghali sa mga nasabing petsa ay maaaring magtungo roon ang PUV drivers na kwalipikadong makatanggap ng ayuda sa ilalim ng Social Amelioration Program ng Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

Muli namang pina-alalahanan ng DOTr ang mga tsuper na magtungo lamang sa LandBank kung siguradong nasa listahan ang kanilang pangalan.

Para malaman kung kabilang sa listahan ng mga bibigyan ng cash assistance, mangyari lamang na bisitahin ang link na ito.

Para sa mga PUV drivers na pasok sa listahan, dalhin ang mga requirement sa pagkuha ng ayuda.

Para sa mga katanungan, maaaring tumawag sa hotline 1342 ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

Senate pushes for the creation of the rice competitiveness enhancement fund

UNTV News   •   January 26, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Based on the study of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies or PDIS, there are four reasons why Filipino farmers and fishermen are not competitive as compared to those in other countries.

These include their lack of skills and knowledge in technology, mechanization, financial literacy and having no ability to access credit.

“If you have no capital, you’ll really have to borrow money from investors,” farmer Ramil Ventenilia said.

“Until now, we still have no irrigation. We are just depending on rainfall. If we will not pump the machine, we will have no water,” farmer Perdro Distor said.

To help farmers address such problems, the Senate is pushing for the creation of the rice competitiveness enhancement fund.

The money for the fund will come from tariffs the government collects from imported rice.

It will then be allocated to the Phil Mech, Phil Rice, Philippine Insurance and government-run banks like the Landbank of the Philippines and the DBP so it could directly be accessed by farmers.

“Towards the long run, our farmers will become competitive. When they become competitive, they can produce rice like what is being done in Vietnam. When they become competitive, it will also help end smuggling and cartels,” Senator Cynthia Villar said.

The world is facing the possibility of a food shortage by 2050 as the population continues to grow.

This is why Philippine officials believe the creation of a fund for individuals in the agriculture sector could help improve the rice production of Filipino farmers.

The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food continues to visit provinces to check on the condition of farmers and fishermen. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

OPPAP peace advocates to provide assistance to victims of Marawi siege

admin   •   September 27, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — The local government of Butuan City gave recognition to the peace advocates that represent the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP) at the Guingona Park on September 27.

They are part of the so-called “peace buzz” who make rounds in the entire country to spread information about the efforts of the government in achieving long-lasting peace.

From Butuan City, they will visit the cities of Davao and Iligan, and lastly, Marawi City.

OPPAP Undersecretary Jojo Andot said one of their primary goals is to the help the internally-displaced persons  (IDPs) who remain in temporary shelters in Iligan city and other parts of the country.

“With us are the internally-displaced persons and families from Marawi and Lanao del Sur in celebrating our love for the country through our advocacy of long-lasting peace,” said the undersecretary.

One of the benefits provided by the representatives of OPPAP to the IDPs is “social healing package” which includes offering them a livelihood.

OPPAP also vowed to help them prepare to return to Marawi the moment the turmoil in the war-torn city ends.

“Not just on socioeconomic aspect, livelihood, basic services, but also getting ready to become…to strengthen their institutions, because our learning is that our communities are not strong, that they will be able to resist or even inform authorities that there is threat entering the city,” said Andot. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue




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