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Full rehabilitation efforts soon to begin after approval of one-year martial law extension

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City will be fast-tracked, now that the extension of the implementation of martial law has been approved on Wednesday.

Martial law administrator and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said their original recommendation for the extension was six months.

That is why they are delighted now that the one-year extension has been approved for them to put an end to terrorism in Mindanao.

Even AFP Spokesperson Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo vows to perform their mandate to end the rebellion prevailing in the southern part of the country.

The PNP, meanwhile, is ready to support the military in implementing the martial rule in the region, which is extended until the 31st of December 2018.

“We will support the military since it’s martial law, the role of PNP is to support the military in the implementation of martial law,” PNP Chief General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa said. — UNTV News

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Accosting night-time idlers, ordinance offenders not a prelude to martial law – PNP

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018


Minors who were found loitering late at night were escorted into a van by PNP and DSWD personnel on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. (UNTV NEWS)


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Tuesday, June 19, clarified that their move to accost night time idlers and ordinance offenders is not a prelude to the implementation of a nationwide martial law.

Albayalde said they have been doing such operation since 2016 under the Oplan Rody or the “rid the streets of drunkards and youth” campaign.

The PNP Chief maintained that they just want to ensure that roads and streets are safe from lawless elements and free from illegal activities.

To clear doubts, Albayalde confirmed that there was no mention of martial law in the recent command conference of the AFP and the PNP.

“Wala as of this time katatapos lang ng aming joint command conference with the AFP. Walang binanggit na kahit konti sa sinasabi ng mga tao o pinangangambahan ng mga tao na magkakaroon ng martial law. Walang wala po,” Albayalde said.

(We just concluded out joint command conference with the AFP and there was no mention of anything about imposing martial law.)  — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue


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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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Over 200 police and soldiers deployed in Marawi City as school opens Monday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2018


Marawi City 


An estimated 20,000 students are expected to turn up at the opening of classes in Marawi City on Monday, June 4,

This is why over 200 police and soldiers have been deployed to various schools across the city.

According to Marawi City Police, they have the security of each school under control and assured residents of the students’ safety.

Other than security, authorities are also monitoring traffic management in anticipation of the expected heavy traffic as school opens.

Meanwhile, 40 elementary and high schools located in unaffected areas of Marawi are back in operation and will open on June 4.

Also operational are the 20 classrooms that the Department of Education (DedEd) put up inside temporary learning spaces in Barangay Sagunsungan.

DepEd said temporary classrooms will also be constructed for students that are still staying in evacuation centers. It might take a while because data on the number of students are still pending with the DSWD.

But DedEd assured that enough tents have been put up to provide students with proper education. — Raymond Octobre | UNTV News & Rescue

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