By Apipa P. Bagumbaran
The municipal government of Taraka continues to assist women bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic to livelihood and economic activities.
Taraka mayor Nashiba Sumagayan shared in Monday’s Network Briefing News with Communications Secretary Martin Andanar that the municipal government provided livelihood support to the women sector in their locality through the production of mamandiang, a traditional Maranao fabric decorated with beads and sequins.
“We are providing the materials for them at sila ang gumagawa [the mamandiang] at binibenta natin yan…the cost of labor sa kanila plus meron silang percentage sa natatapos nila..,” she explained.
[We are providing the materials for them and they make [the mamandiang] and we sell that … they get the cost of labor plus a percentage of what they finish..]
Sumagayan said they also provided materials for the production of face masks which the women can sell.
“Sa kasagsagan ng pandemya, nagkaubusan din ng face mask kaya binigyan natin sila ng mga materyales para gumawa ng customized face masks. So binenta din nila at nagkaroon sila ng source of income,” she added.
[At the height of the pandemic, face masks also ran out so we gave them materials to make customized face masks. So they also sold [the face masks] and had a source of income.]
Sumagayan meanwhile disclosed that as additional support to households this coming Ramadhan (month of fasting), the municipal government will be giving food packs and groceries.
In consideration of health protocols, she said they will be bringing the relief packs right at the doorstep of her constituents. APB/PIA ICIC