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Lanao del Sur’s traditional opinion leaders want to see Marawi rehab plan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is given a briefing on the Bahay Pag-Asa Phase 2 by National HousinG Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. during the inauguration at Brgy. Mipaga in Marawi City on February 28, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines —Lanao del Sur Vice Gov. Mamintal Bombit Adiong called on the government’s planned rehabilitation of Marawi City.

“Unang-una meron tayong sinusunod na kultura ung mga traditional leaders natin. Gusto nila makita kung ano ba yung rehab plan kung maganda ba yan para sa mga Maranao o hindi,” said the official.

Vice Mayor Adiong added that this is to avoid any misunderstandings between the government and the Maranaos.

President Rodrigo Duterte, on the other hand, reiterated during his visit yesterday in Marawi City the government’s commitment to help rebuild the war-stricken city.

“Kaya naman sinabi ko sa inyo right after the war, rehabilitation will start immediately. You can see the sincerity of government. At least sa panahon ko maniwala kayo kasi Maranao ang presidente,” said the chief executive.

President Duterte visited Marawi to check the other location where internally displaced residents may relocate.

The chief executive also visited the location where the housing project for policemen and soldiers in Baloi, Lanao del Norte. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

 

 

 

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Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge rehab to resume on January 12

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2019

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will restart the closure of Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge on January 12 for its rehabilitation.

The bridge connects Makati and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong.

The said bridge was previously closed for the rehabilitation.

However, it was made accessible to the motorists for two days to ease the holiday traffic.

DPWH is set to expand the two-lane way of the bridge into four.

The rehabilitation works is expected to end in 2021, so motorists are advised to take alternative routes.  — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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MRT-3 rehab to begin this month

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Metro Rail Transit Line-3

MANILA, Philippines — Rehabilitation for Metro Rail Transit Line-3 is set to begin this month.

Included in the rehabilitation works are the overhauling of 72 light rail vehicles and repairs of rail track, power supply, signalling system, public address system and the stations’ CCTV.

Broken elevators and escalators are also set for restoration.

MRT management has ensured that the daily operations of 15 MRT trains will not be affected by the rehabilitation.

Suspension of train operations will be set on holidays if needed.

The rehabilitation will last for three years. — 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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