TFBM Chairman Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario announces that the repair of mosques damaged during the 2017 Marawi siege is nearing completion, with refurbishments for three Islamic houses of worship slated to be finalized within two months’ time. (DHSUD)

MARAWI CITY – Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairman Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario is elated over the progress of repair works on Marawi mosques, saying three of them are most likely to be completed in two months.

Secretary Del Rosario, who also heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), said that there are six mosques being repaired inside Marawi City’s most affected area– three of which are slated for completion by May this year.

“We have about six mosques now being repaired and constructed. I think three mosques will be completed by May and we intend to inaugurate the completion of the three mosques in two months’ time,” Secretary Del Rosario said.

The housing czar did not mention which mosques whose repairs are set for completion in May this year.

However, refurbishment works for the Masjid Darussalam in Barangay Raya Madaya, Masjid Disomangcop in Barangay Daguduban and the White Mosque in Barangay Lumbac Madaya began in October last year following the release of funds to mobilize project contractors.

In August last year, the TFBM chief led the signing of three Memorandums of Agreement that paved the way for the repair of the three mosques through the incentivized compliance to socialized housing by private developers.

Reconstruction efforts for the iconic Grand Mosque, the Bato Ali Mosque and Lilod Madaya Mosque had likewise kicked off. The Grand Mosque and the Bato Ali Mosque are among the Islamic houses of worship that bore the brunt of the five-month battle between government forces and Daesh-inspired terrorists in 2017.

Secretary Del Rosario stressed that the prioritization of mosques is in compliance to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive as he stated that the government sees the reconstruction of the religious sites as crucial to the social healing of the Maranaos.

Construction works meant to rehabilitate Marawi went on full-blast in July last year, with Secretary Del Rosario reiterating that most projects are slated for completion by December of 2021.

In an earlier statement, the TFBM chief noted that the Task Force, along with its 56 implementing agencies and partner-organizations, are now about 50% in terms of accomplishment for the whole project in rebuilding Marawi. (30) — CVC