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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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Marawi rehabilitation to kick off before end of October

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Aerial view of Marawi City via UNTV Drone

MARAWI CITY, Philippines — A year since President Rodrigo Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi City from terrorists on October 17, 2017, residents still cannot shake off the fear that a similar incident could descend upon them again.

“Yung takot di naman mawawala yun eh. Kasi ever since hindi nangyari sa amin itong ganito, tapos bigla na lang nangyari. Kaya sa puso namin may takot pa rin kami (The fear never goes away. We’ve never had any incidents until the battle broke out all of a sudden. That is why there is still fear in our hearts),” said Norfaidah Magdara, a businesswoman and resident of Marawi.

College student Salmiah Maca Agir echoed the same apprehensions.

“We feel secure na rin po pero may mga time pa rin po na natatakot ka kasi we never know po na may panahon na magkakaroon ng ganong pangyayari ulit (We feel secure in a way, but there are times that we still feel afraid because you don’t know when a similar incident will strike again),” she said.

Those who are still stuck in evacuation centers lament the long wait for the promised housing units.

“Even though sinasabi nla na liberated na nga pero yung idea na wala ka pa rin sa bahay mo wala ka pa rin sa sinasabi mong home (Even though they say we have been liberated, we still don’t have houses we can call home)” said Agir.

According to Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), debris clearing operations in the most affected area will begin this month.

By the end of October they expect to finally hold the long-awaited ground breaking ceremony of the city’s rehabilitation which will be led by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“In the next few days we will see the deployment of heavy equipment, mga gamit na gagamitin sa (and materials needed for ) debris clearing in sectors 1&2,” TFBM field office manager. Asec. Felix Castro said.

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra said the local government is grateful for all the assistance being given to them; however, they admit feeling frustrated by the slow progress of the rehabilitation efforts.

“Ako’y naiinip but at the same time naintindihan ko ang ating gobyerno. Ako po ay nasa gobyerno at alam ko ang proseso. Even sa local po yung pag iimplement natin ng mga projects dumadaan sa proseso (I am frustrated but at the same time I understand the government’s side. I am part of the government and I’m familiar with the process. Even in the local level, implementations of project go through a process),” he said.

At present, life in Marawi City is slowly returning to normal, particularly in Barangay Basak Malutlut where the battle began in May 2017. — Weng Fernandez

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Comelec to hold special voters registration in Marawi City

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, September 28th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will open a special registration in Marawi City from October 1 to 15.

Those who need to re-register, reactivate and transfer their registration or those who need to change their record in the voters’ list may proceed to any Comelec office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, those who registered from November 7, 2016, to April 29, 2017, need not register.

Marawi City was not able to join the nationwide voters’ registration that started on July 2 due to the security situation in the city.

The nationwide voters’ registration will end on Saturday (September 29). – UNTV News and Rescue

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Authorities intensify security in Marawi City for Barangay and SK polls – Comelec

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018

File Photo: AFP checkpoint

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have intensified the security in Marawi City especially after the bombing incident in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat

According to Comelec, they will finalize the security plan on September 12 in preparation for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections in Marawi City on September 22, 2018.

They will assign additional security personnel in each clustered precinct in preparation for possible security threats.

“Just in the case may mga security issues or concern tayo on election day that will tantamount for teachers not to report on election day.  Mayroon na tayong contingency plan. We train already PNP personnel allowed sa ESRA law para mai-deploy natin on election day. Kung ang iyong other security measures, perimeter security, intensify multiple checkpoints and other security operations, mafa- finalize by 12,” said Dir. Teopisto Elnas Jr. of the Comelec  Election and Barangay Affairs Department.

 There are 24 barangays in Marawi City inside ground zero which Comelec relocated for the conduct of elections

According to Dir. James Jimenez, they are confident that there will be no failure of elections in Marawi City even if there is a high-security risk in the said city

“Mayroon tayong 193 total ng candidates for SK members, 162 for SK Chairman, 862 for barangay kagawad and 234 for punong barangay,” he said.

Meanwhile, the National Printing Office already finished printing the more than 76,000 official ballots which will be used in Marawi City

After printing, the verification committee will check the serial code printed in the official ballots

The shipment of these ballots will be made next week. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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