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Micro grants to Marawi’s displaced communities

Bea Micaller

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MINDA Secretary Manny Piñol (left) and USAID/Philippines’ Jeffrey Lehrer with members of the Ompongan o mga Bae sa Ranao Group, a recipient of a Marawi Response Project grant.

The United States of America has been solid in its vision to help the Philippines in every way possible.

The US Government recently awarded six micro-grants to community groups composed of the displaced citizens and host families of Marawi City in Lanao del Sur.

“The US government, in partnership with the Philippine government, is committed to supporting Lanao communities in their journey to recovery,” said Jeffrey Lehrer, US Agency for International (USAID) Office of Economic Development and Governance Chief, during the handover ceremony last 15 January in Iligan.

Each micro-grant is valued at P260,000 and will be used to support community learning facilities as well as training spaces and daycare centers.

The micro-grants are part of the USAID’s three-year Marawi Response Project for which a total amount of P1.35 billion will be spent.

The Marawi Response Team supports the economic recovery and social cohesion of displaced and host communities in Marawi, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte and Iligan.

Inked in 2018, the project is the result of the cooperation between USAID and international non-governmental organization Plan International.

The project also gets ample support from local organizations Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits Inc. and Maranao People Development Center Inc.

Currently, the United States, through USAID, has committed more than P3.4 billion for humanitarian and recovery work in and around Marawi.

Marawi is one of the most distressed cities in the Philippines.

The infamous Battle of Marawi, also known as the Marawi siege, extensively damaged the city when militants allegedly in connection with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant invaded the city.

The battle started from 23 May 2017 and ceased in 23 October of the same year.

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