QUEZON CITY – To jumpstart the implementation of the recently enacted Marawi Siege Compensation Act, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario called for an Executive Committee meeting at the Central Office boardroom for the establishment and operationalization of the Marawi Compensation Board (MCB) on Monday.
Republic Act (RA) 11696 or the Marawi Siege Compensation Act of 2022 mandates the creation of the MCB as an independent and quasi-judicial body primarily to receive, evaluate, process and investigate applications for claims under the law, as well as, to award compensation as warranted.
At the meeting, Secretary Del Rosario, who concurrently chairs the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), and DHSUD Undersecretaries Marylin Pintor and Zyril Carlos, Assistant Secretaries Melissa Aradanas, Avelino Tolentino III and Daryll Bryan Villanueva, as well as other senior officials, brainstormed on the proposed steps to carry out the functions required by the implementation of the said law.
TFBM Field Office Manager ASec. Felix Castro Jr. took part in the forum via video conference.
Among the key items discussed at the meeting were steps on determining beneficiaries or claimants, identification of destroyed or damaged properties during the siege eligible for compensation, available funds that will be used under the Act and qualifications of members of the MCB.
“We must fast-track our efforts in finalizing the formation of the MCB. It is part of our mandate and responsibility to give just compensation to our Maranao brothers and sisters who lost their lives, were displaced and incurred property damages during the siege,” Secretary Del Rosario stressed.
“What we can do for the initial push is to formulate key measures aimed at ensuring the optimum operationalization of the upcoming MCB,” he noted.
Last month, President Rodrigo Duterte signed RA 11696 to provide monetary compensation for families of people who died and lost their properties during the five-month battle between government forces and Daesh-inspired terrorists in 2017.
Secretary Del Rosario had repeatedly stated that the enactment of RA 11696 into law will ensure the sustainability of the massive government-led rehabilitation of the country’s only Islamic City, especially now that the construction of more key public infrastructure is in the final stages.
The TFBM chief said providing compensation to victims of the Marawi siege will also allow private individuals to rebuild not only their properties but, more importantly, their lives in general.
The meeting came before Secretary Del Rosario’s scheduled visit to Marawi this week to check on the latest progress of the city’s rebuilding process.
His visit coincides with the annual Marawi Week of Peace, which is being observed for four straight years to commemorate the heroism and unity displayed by citizens during the armed conflict.
Slated to be held in conjunction with the special occasion is the inauguration and turn-over of several major public infrastructure such as the Peace Memorial and Rizal Park, Marawi Museum, School of Living Traditions, Sarimanok Sports Complex and Marawi Convention Center. (30) — CVC