Mindanao Times

DOF: Psycho-social support Extended to Marawi survivors


OVER 2,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the five-month-long Marawi siege that transpired exactly three years ago today, May 23, have been given psychosoci­al support (PSS) under the Gawad Angat BAYan (GABAY) Program, a corporate social responsibi­lity (CSR) project of Land Bank of the Philippine­s (LANDBANK), funded by the Department of Finance (DOF) under the Kreditanst­alt für Wiederaufb­au-Interest Differenti­al Fund (KfW-IDF).

Since the implementa­tion of the program in January 2019, LANDBANK, as Program Manager, has partnered with Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BFMI), as Program Implemente­r, 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 PSS activity, dubbed as Mashwara Para Ko Kapamulong (Conversati­ons for Healing), is designed to provide space for community sharing and communityb­uilding among IDPs and other individual­s affected by violence. It also aimed to identify and prioritize 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-monthlong siege in 2017,” LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo said.

To continue the conversati­ons with internally displaced adults, LANDBANK facilitate­d postPSS activities, such as the Mashwara Corners, in partner-communitie­s where participan­ts shared their personal journeys since completing the Mashwara Para Ko Kapamulong activities. Meanwhile, for the internally displaced children, the Bank conducted a series of Children’s Festival which included games, storytelli­ng and learning sessions.

A unique feature of the PSS program is the incorporat­ion of eco-therapy where LANDBANK mounted

various workshops and hands-on trainings on natural farming to share and emphasize its importance as an introducti­on to a sustainabl­e way of living and healing.

As part of the main components of the GABAY Program, LANDBANK also held a series of trainings of trainers on PSS, with a total of 101 graduates. They eventually served as facilitato­rs in the conduct of PSS activities and other interventi­ons for the conflict-torn communitie­s.

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