HALFWAY DONE: The government-led rehabilitation of Marawi City following the 2017 siege is now about 50% complete, said Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairman and DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario during his latest visit in the country’s only Islamic city to check on the progress of the rebuilding process. Among the ongoing projects in Marawi nearing completion are the road networks inside the Most Affected Area and permanent shelters spearheaded by the National Housing Authority.

MARAWI CITY – Marawi is indeed inching closer back to its former glory, thanks to the government-led rehabilitation following the 2017 siege.

Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairman Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario announced that Marawi’s rebuilding process is now about 45 to 50% complete, stating that efforts to rehabilitate the country’s only Islamic city after the five-month siege laid by Daesh inspired terrorists remain on track.

“Last month, I said it was about 40%. Now I can say na we are about 45% to 50% (complete),” said Secretary Del Rosario, who also heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.

“You may notice na ‘yung mga project natin ay nasa different stages of completion. Mayroong 60%, may 70%, may 35%, mayroong 40%. So, I would say on the average, it’s between 45% and 50% accomplishment for the whole rehabilitation,” the housing czar added.

Asked what ongoing government project or public infrastructure he considers the most important, Secretary Del Rosario replied the road network being undertaken by the National Housing Authority (NHA).

“The most important is the road network kasi from this, makikita natin ngayon yung magiging alignment, ano ‘yung magiging itsura ng ating open space, and we are targeting that this would be completed by September or October (this year). And we are on target, actually we are over the targets by three percent so matatapos natin talaga itong road network on time,” the TFBM chief stressed.

“So, from then on, all the other projects will be completed in different months, and all ongoing projects will be completed by December of 2021,” he noted.

Aside from various road networks inside Marawi’s Most Affected Area, the NHA is likewise spearheading the construction of a traffic command center, as well as permanent shelters in barangays Kilala and Mipantao Gadongan, through its fund source – the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management-Marawi Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program.

Secretary Del Rosario is on his third visit to Marawi this year to personally inspect the progress of ongoing projects aimed at helping affected families get back on their feet.

On Thursday, the TFBM chief toured several permanent housing sites in barangays Patani, Kilala and Gadongan, as well as in Dulay Proper.

Secretary Del Rosario reiterated his call on TFBM’s 56 implementing agencies to “double-time” to be able to meet their target completion timeline, which is by December of this year.

“This is our commitment and the mandate of Task Force Bangon Marawi per instructions by our President, so we have to work double time,” Del Rosario said. “Let’s have a very focused 2021 and let us meet our said target date.”

The TFBM chief had likewise been highlighting the importance of cementing stronger ties among Marawi’s local government agencies, TFBM member-agencies and partner-organizations, stating that unity and cooperation will pave the way for the success of Marawi’s rehabilitation and for affected families to be able to return back to their normal lives. (30)