DOUBLE TIME: Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairman Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario urges officials of TFBM’s 56 implementing agencies to exert more efforts in finalizing their respective projects so as to meet the Task Force’s completion timeline of December 2021 in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s pledge to bring Marawi City back to its former glory.

QUEZON CITY – Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairman Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario on Wednesday called on TFBM implementing agencies to “double time” their efforts to complete the massive rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City within the December 2021 target completion.

In a virtual meeting attended by key officials of the task force and representatives from the 56 implementing agencies, Secretary Del Rosario stressed the TFBM deadline of completing most of the major projects by December 2021 as embodied in the master development plan.

During the virtual conference, representatives of member-agencies gave updates on the status of their projects, particularly those set for implementation and completion in 2021.

Secretary Del Rosario, who also heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, instructed officials of the TFBM member-agencies to immediately submit necessary requirements to the Office of the Civil Defense and the National Disaster Risk Reduction Coordinating Council the soonest possible time.

“We are looking for a timetable for you to do the groundbreaking by end of March or early April. (By that time) we only have nine months left before our deadline of December 2021,” Secretary Del Rosario said, referring to projects whose implementation is set for this year.

“So I would like to call on implementing agencies to please exercise extra effort, mag double-time tayo because ang deadline natin na December 2021 is fast approaching,” he added.

Among the TFBM’s implementing agencies that participated in the virtual forum were the National Housing Authority, the Philippine National Police, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Education, the Department of Health, the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, among others.

The TFBM chief likewise urged implementing agencies facing bidding issues to resolve the same immediately while those already in the construction phase were advised to double their efforts for them to beat the deadline.

Secretary Del Rosario suggested a 24-hour project implementation and hiring of more workers so that projects meant to bring Marawi back to its former glory as promised by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will be completed soonest.

“This is our commitment and the mandate of Task Force Bangon Marawi per instructions by our President, so mag-double time tayo,” Secretary Del Rosario said.

“Let’s have a very focused 2021 and let us meet our said target date,” the housing czar added while at the same time commending all implementing agencies for their efforts and commitment in rehabilitating the Islamic city. (30)