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Restoration of normalcy in Marawi City begins

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Of the 95 villages in Marawi City, 33 are heavily damaged by the more than four months of clashes between the government troops and the ISIS-inspired Maute terror group.

In these areas, the structures damaged by the bombs and ammunition can no longer be used.

While in areas considered controlled, the homes of residents remain intact.

The local government is currently processing the return of the evacuated residents back to their homes but the displaced residents still have to undergo a process before returning home like cleaning their communities.

“Mayroon po tayong (we will have)  clustering after the clean-up drive. We would have a phasing, a clustering , pagkatapos po ng restoration ng mga (following restoration of) facilities, government facilities and services within the controlled area including yung mga schools natin (our schools). Pababalikin natin yung mga residente natin dito sa (we can then allow residents to return to their homes in the controlled area,” said Provincial Crisis Management Committee spokesperson Zia Alonto Adiong.

Only 44% of households and establishments in Marawi City are without electricity. These are the villages within the main battle area.

There is also no water supply in the area.

The local government unit of Lanao del Sur explained that once residents in the controlled area can finally return home, they will still have to undergo a screening process with the help of village officials.

The LGU also plans to provide passes to the residents allowed to return home.

“Remember this calamity is not brought about by typhoon or an earthquake. This is a product of an armed conflict and there are several allegedly sympathizers are still outside so of course, we want to secure our residents,” said Adiong.

Meanwhile, residents evacuated from the main battle area will stay in temporary shelters.

Before the year ends, they are expected to be transferred to the temporary shelters.

“We are discussing the reparation for the civilian properties damaged. We have no official master plan for rehabilitation yet because everything now is what we call recommendation,” said the spokesperson.

Meanwhile, authorities have recovered 144 dead bodies within the war zone.

133 of the cadavers have already been buried including terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute while 61 individuals are still missing due to the clashes. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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Blast near Kabul’s airport kills over 10, injures 60 others

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Victims lie on the ground at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan July 22, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

 

Over 10 people were killed in a blast that took place near Kabul’s international airport in Afghanistan on Sunday, with 60 others injured.

The blast occurred at around 17:00 after the country’s once-exiled first vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum returned to Afghanistan and left the airport.

According to Afghan Tolo News, a large group had gathered to welcome Dostum at that time, and the country’s interior ministry confirmed that most of the victims were police officers.

“A big explosion happened here. Fire, smoke, and dust rose to the sky. It was so bad I had to run away, and you can see I got a small wound on my neck,” said a witness.

According to CBS News, the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack. — Reuters

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Makabayan Bloc seeks probe on alleged Chinese influence in Marawi rehab works

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Opposition congressmen want to probe ongoing rehabilitation works in Marawi City.

On Wednesday, representatives from the Makabayan bloc filed a resolution seeking for an investigation into an alleged report that some Chinese corporations are getting the favor of the government to manage the rehabilitation works in the war-torn city.

Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Carlos Zarate accused the administration of taking advantage of the martial law to serve the interest of said Chinese firms.

“Bilyon-bilyon ang gugugulin ng gobyerno pero sa ngayon kahit nga residente ng Marawi ay at a lost (kung) ano ba talaga ang tunay na plano sa Marawi,”Zarate said

(The government will spend billions but until now the residents are at a loss as to what really is the government’s plan for Marawi.)

Civic groups, meanwhile, expressed concern over the proposed construction of a military base in “ground zero” or in the main battle area in Marawi.

“Pag nilagyan kame ng malaking military garisson sa loob ng main affected areas baka sa mga susunod na panahon atakihin nanaman nila uli ang Marawi,” said Drieza Liningding, Head of a civil society group in Marawi City.

(If they construct a military garrison inside the main affected area, time might come that they (terrorists) would attack Marawi again.)

Meanwhile, the group also calls on the House Committee on Human Rights to probe on reports of abuse of human rights of the residents in the war-torn city. – Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo

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Gov’t unveils proposed rehab masterplan for Marawi City’s ‘ground zero’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018

 

MANILA, Philippines – Eight months since Marawi City was liberated from terrorist influence, the government’s inter-agency Task Force Bangon Marawi unveiled its proposed masterplan in the rehabilitation of “ground zero” or the worst-affected areas in the city.

The plan, which includes proposed infrastructures, facilities, and buildings, is estimated to cost around P16 billion, according to TF Bangon Marawi and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Chair Eduardo Del Rosario.

Del Rosario said they will present the proposed rehabilitation masterplan to President Rodrigo Duterte in their next Cabinet meeting on Monday, June 11.

“We just like to take this opportunity to show it to the public that we are following the instruction of the President that Marawi City will rise again as a prosperous city,” Del Rosario said.

A staunch Duterte critic, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has been railing against the administration over its plans for reconstruction, relief, and rehabilitation in the war-torn city. Trillanes even insisted on a Senate investigation into the matter.

The government targets to complete the rehabilitation works in Marawi City before the end of President Duterte’s term in 2022.

“It will be completed not later than the last quarter of 2021 so more or less 3 years,” assured Del Rosario.

Meanwhile, TF Bangon Marawi maintained that the majority of Marawi residents support their proposed rehab plan. The agency targets to finalize on Monday its negotiation with Bagong Marawi Consortium in order for the Swiss challenge on the rehab plan to begin.

Also, the government has set its latest target date, preferably in July this year, for the ground-breaking ceremony to usher the rehabilitation works in ground zero of Marawi City. — Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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