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US awards micro-grants for rehabilitation of Marawi, other areas

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THE US government has awarded 75 micro-grants to communities and business owners displaced from Marawi, a statement Monday by the US Embassy said. According to the statement, Acting Mission Director Patrick Wesner of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Field Office Manager and Assistant Secretary Felix Castro of Task Force Bangon Marawi visited Marawi and Iligan on June 11 for the community grants handover events. “The micro-grants, each valued at P260,000, will assist displaced families as they restart their livelihoods and small businesses, and will help host communities build small scale infrastructure and convene community events critical to the recovery,” the statement said, adding that the micro-grants and training program are part of USAID’s three-year, P1.35-billion Marawi Response Project, “which supports the economic recovery and social cohesion of displaced and host communities in Marawi, Lanao Del Sur, Lanao Del Norte and Iligan.” The micro-grants in Iligan City were awarded in collaboration with the Bangon Marawi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BMCCI), an association of entrepreneurs displaced from the most affected area of Marawi.

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