THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is providing stores to Maranao entrepreneurs affected by the armed conflict in Marawi City.
DTI is partnering with big mall operators to provide spaces in malls for Maranao entrepreneurs, said DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.
Lopez asked mall operators to waive the six months advance rent for Maranao traders and let them pay their rental on a monthly basis.
The DTI also launched the Bangon Marawi Product Store at the DTI Building along Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City last Friday.
The Bangon Marawi Product Store features Maranao products such as brasswares, wooden furniture, wearables, Maranao woven products, jewelry, fashion accessories, and Maranao native delicacies.
The DTI has partnered with Bangsa Moro Federal Business Council, the Tugaya Local Government, the Muntinlupa Local Government, and Magsaysay Shipping and Logistics for the Bangon Marawi Product Store.
Lopez said his agency is working on four commissaries for Maranao businesses in nearby cities and provinces of Marawi as livelihood assistance under the Bangon Marawi initiative of the Duterte administration
“Given that the Maranaos are inherently traders, we thought it appropriate to find a way to help them showcase their products and bring them to the mainstream market,” Lopez said.
DTI is part of Bangon Marawi, an inter-agency task force for the recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of Marawi City and other affected localities, following the damages to public infrastructure and private properties due to clashes in the area. Kris Crismundo/PNA, Video courtesy of Johnny Guiling