FRUITFUL CELEBRATION: The commemoration of the fourth anniversary of Marawi’s liberation was made extra special as several projects have been completed and turned over by the TFBM. Part of the activities was the handover of 250 permanent shelters jointly built by the NHA and UN-Habitat led by TFBM Chairman Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario on Friday (1st Photo). Another significant project launched over the weekend in line with the celebration was the groundbreaking ceremony of a DICT digital transformation center (2nd Photo). A pact was also signed (3rd Photo) for the reconstruction of the Bubong Madaya Mosque. (Photos courtesy of PIA)

MARAWI CITY – More government infrastructure projects, including hundreds of permanent shelters intended for families of internally displaced people (IDPs), have been completed and turned over recently by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM).

TFBM Chairman Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario spearheaded last Friday the handing over of 250 permanent shelters to IDP families who used to reside on danger zones along the Lake Lanao and the Agus River inside the Most Affected Area (MAA).

The turned over shelters are located in Pamayandeg sa Ranao Residences at Dansalan located in Barangays Kilala and Mipantao-Gadongan.

Of the total housing units, 100 were constructed by the National Housing Authority (NHA), which also led in handling land acquisition, while the other 150 were carried out by UN-Habitat with funding from the Japanese government.

A total of 1,800 permanent shelters will be constructed on this site – 1,500 will be produced by the NHA while the other 300 by UN-Habitat.

Representatives from the NHA and UN-Habitat, together with other local officials, witnessed the handover ceremony.

Another key project carried out marking the fourth anniversary of Marawi’s liberation was the breaking of ground for the Department of Information and Communications Technology digital transformation center as part of efforts in offering Internet services inside the MAA.

The P72-million facility to be built on a 600-square-meter property in Barangay Datu Naga seeks to establish a network for reliable and fast online connectivity for barangay halls and other public offices.

Meanwhile, as part of efforts in providing hope for Maranaws, the TFBM likewise sealed a key pact that will pave the way for the reconstruction of the Bubong Madaya Mosque, also inside the former ground zero.

Led by Secretary Del Rosario and witnessed by Mayor Majul Gandamra and mosque administrator Yasrulah Sheikh, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed with Property Company of Friends Inc. (ProFriends) at the TFBM Field Office also last Friday.

“As these mosques hold great significance in the daily lines of the Maranaos, we not only rebuild the structures but likewise contribute to the social healing process of the internally displaced persons. And that is why we continue to take steps in making sure that we rebuild them,” Secretary Del Rosario said.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte personally led the commemoration of the fourth anniversary of Marawi’s liberation from terrorist influence during the five-month siege that lasted from May 23, 2017 to October 27, 2017. (30) — CVC