In an article posted by Sunstar.com, the Skills Mastery Institute (SMI) Northern Mindanao Office organized a program for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Marawi City teaching them how to grow halal organic herbs.
According to SMI President Irene Floro, SMI initiated the program to provide a source of living to the evacuees while the crisis in Marawi City continues.
Floro said that it is also important that evacuees should be given an opportunity to earn their own money aside from the relief packages the institution is providing them.
The project does not also aim to provide financial independence to evacuees but it will also help them in their psychosocial rehabilitation wherein they can divert their attention away from the conflict in Marawi City by making themselves busy.
By the time the farming will produce big volume, SMI will construct a “bagsakan center” in Pantar where they can sell the produce.
The project was financially supported by Senator Joel Villanueva while SMI provided the tools and equipments for the farming.
Almost 100 evacuees participated in the three-day training at a small farm in Barangay Lumbia.