Badjao’s mat – livelihood potential for Zamboanga City PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 October 2013 19:00

How long? How long can our government, NGOs, private organizations, and individuals help and feed the evacuees? It’s more than a month already. And I am glad TESDA-Zamboanga City is spearheading livelihood programs in coordination with DSWD, DOLE, DTI, DOST and the private sectors to help the evacuees rise up on their own. It will give these displaced people earn decent living to buy their needs and not depend on dole-outs.

Last week, Badjao women were given matting materials that they were able to weave into colorful mats at Western Mindanao State University. DSWD gave the capital while TESDA took charge of monitoring the women. The finished mat products will be bought by DSWD so the capital will be roll again to buy new materials.  DTI, I presume, will help this industry grow by helping them how to run it into a profitable and an on-going business.

In a meeting about this program earlier held at Grand Astoria Hotel, DOLE and DOST pledged to infuse more capital. The meeting was spearheaded by businessman Edwin To and TESDA Zamboanga OIC Dr. Lorenzo Capili.

Personally, when I went to the evacuation centers, I see a vast of human resources available. The people can live better lives and move on if they be given livelihood and skills that they can learn in the shortest possible time. I hope there will be other organizations that can sponsor these programs for our evacuees. I know schools have home economics and entrepreneurial programs which they can teach also.