MARAWI CITY – The government-led rehabilitation of Marawi City following the 2017 siege is now about 40% complete, said Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairman Secretary Eduardo D. Del Rosario.
In his second visit to Marawi this year to inspect the progress of ongoing rehabilitation, Secretary Del Rosario reiterated that the efforts spearheaded by the TFBM and its 56 implementing agencies as well as partner-organizations, remain on track and that they are well within the December 2021 timeline with regards to completion of most projects.
“Based on my recent visit in the last two days, we are now 40% (complete) in the vertical and horizontal infrastructure. That’s why I told them that if we will be completing 10% per month, we are within our timeline of completing the rehabilitation by December 2021,” the TFBM chief stressed.
“So we are now 40% in terms of accomplishment. Based on our Master Development Plan, we are on track with the target that we have set,” he noted.
Secretary Del Rosario, who also heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), stressed that the TFBM strictly carried out its methodology in pushing for Marawi’s rebuilding progress.
According to the housing czar, the government, through the TFBM, began rehabilitation efforts by providing emergency assistance like financial, livelihood, food, medicine and shelter.
“In any calamity-stricken area, the first phase of rehabilitation is to provide immediate emergency assistance – early intervention activities, which takes about six months to one year,” Secretary Del Rosario said, stating that it took the TFBM 10 months to complete the first phase due to the massive impact of the five-month siege.
They then transitioned to the second phase, which is debris management – removing millions of tons of debris brought about by the five-month long battle between Daesh-inspired terrorists and government forces, as well as recovering and detonating unexploded bombs that took them about one year and four months.
The next phase is the construction of vertical and horizontal infrastructure, which went on full blast in July last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The armed conflict caused severe economic losses to the Maranaos, but government-led interventions have since helped Marawi citizens get back on their feet.
Secretary Del Rosario’s latest visit to the country’s only Islamic city this week was highlighted by the first-ever turnover of permanent shelters to 109 internally displaced persons (IDPs) families from various Marawi villages that were severely affected by the 2017 siege.
They are the first batch of Marawi IDPs awarded with permanent shelters, over 3,000 of which are currently in various stages of construction across the city.
The permanent housing units were constructed by UN-Habitat with a USD10-million grant from the Japanese government on a 1.8-hectare land provided and developed by the Social Housing Finance Corporation.
“Shelter is a right of every Filipino family, and because of that, our President (Rodrigo Duterte) created the DHSUD because alam niya na lahat ng pamilya ay dapat magkaroon ng sariling bahay,” Secretary Del Rosario said in one of his speeches during his recent visit to Marawi.
“Lalong lalo na ang mga kapatid nating IDPs na nagkaroon ng malaking sakuna sa kanilang pamumuhay because of the Marawi siege. So itong bahay na ito ay regalo sa inyo ng ating pangulo,” he added. (30) – CVC