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

Marje Pelayo   •   June 8, 2018   •   9102

 

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

2 Dawlah Islamiyah-Maute Group members surrender

Marje Pelayo   •   September 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Two members of the terrorist Dawlah Islamiyah-Maute Group (DI-MG) yielded to authorities on Wednesday (September 1), the military reported.

They were identified as alias Mosab, 19 years old and alias Hodaifa; both hail from the municipality of Piagapo

The two surrendered to Joint Task Group Haribon in Kampo Ranao, Marawi City.

Mosab revealed that he was forced sometime in January, this year, to join the terrorist group. He was involved in sowing atrocities in the province to include numerous firefights against government forces that caused fear and even displaced some families in the hinter areas of Madalum and Piagapo in Lanao del Sur and Munai and Tangcal in Lanao del Norte.

Meanwhile, Hodaifa left the group this year upon “realizing the deceptive intent of the DI-MG of capitalizing on violent extremism as the true Jihad.” He was part of the group that terrorized and attacked Marawi City in 2017.

The two surrenderers brought with them two M-16 rifles with ammunition.

Brig. Gen. Jose Maria Cuerpo II of JTG Haribon, also the commander of the 103rd Infantry (HARIBON) Brigade, assured the safety and well-being of the former insurgents.

Meanwhile, Piagapo Vice Mayor Ali Sumandar urged the remaining DI-MG members to surrender. He also encouraged residents to report to the nearest military unit the presence of the terrorist group in their area.

Task Force Bangon Marawi says rehab efforts now 75% complete

Robie de Guzman   •   July 27, 2021

The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) on Tuesday said that the government-led rehabilitation of Marawi City following the 2017 siege is now about 75 percent complete.

TFBM chairman Secretary Eduardo del Rosario issued the statement in line with the call of President Rodrigo Duterte for the task force to hasten the rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City during his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 26.

Del Rosario said that with regard to the ongoing horizontal and vertical projects in the Marawi rehabilitation, they are now around 70 to 75 percent accomplished.

Del Rosario, who also heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, said that just last week, some 170 permanent shelters were awarded to families of internally displaced persons (IDP) previously living along danger zones.

In February, the TFBM awarded 109 housing units to recipients.

The projects were carried out with funding assistance from the Japanese government.

Del Rosario said that by August, they will be turning over 200 permanent housing units from the projects of the National Housing Authority (NHA).

“We are on track to complete all these projects by December of 2021,” he said.

Aside from housing units within Marawi’s most affected area, the government is also developing other projects such as the city jail and the police station. RRD (with details from Correspondent Weng Fernandez)

Task Force Bangon Marawi assures infrastructure projects to finish in December

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 26, 2021

The national government’s public infrastructure project in Marawi is at 65% completion, according to the Task Force Bangon Marawi.

Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairperson Sec. Eduardo Del Rosario said the estimated completion of the project will be in December.

He admitted that the task force had experienced difficulty as even the clearing out of debris already took them one year. However, Del Rosario reiterated that they will continue to complete the project.

“Iyan ang accomplishment rate natin 65%, and we are on track with our stated deadline of December of the year na lahat ng ongoing projects ay matatapos natin,” he said.

(That is our accomplishment rate, 65%, and we are on track with our stated deadline of December of the year and that all of our ongoing projects will also be completed.)

“It has to undergo three phases, first phase are the early intervention activities that took us almost one year to give attention to the immediate needs of internally displaced person,” he added.

The budget for the Task Force Bangon Marawi is around P75 to P80 billion. Del Rosario also assured that grants, including the P3 billion given by the government of Japan, underwent auditing by the Commission on Audit to avoid any form of corruption. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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