Task Force Bangon Marawi officials face raps due to delayed rehabilitation projects

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 29, 2019   •   2805

Several officials of the Task Force Bangon Marawi are facing raps before the office of the Ombudsman due to delayed rehabilitation projects in Marawi.

The complaint was filed by Datu Meno Manabilang who represents
Sowara O Miyamagoyag or the Voice of Marawi Internally Displaced Persons Association (IDPs).

The group claims that there have been no improvements in the city for the past two years due to the alleged corruption of the officials handling the rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairman Eduardo del Rosario said they are prioritizing the intervention activities of residents for the trauma they have experienced.

Del Rosario assured they are still on-track with the rehabilitation process until the given deadline in 2021.(with reports from Mon Jocson)

Marawi residents to get livelihood aid starting April

Robie de Guzman   •   March 30, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Community leaders survey damaged houses and buildings inside war-torn Marawi, Philippines January 13, 2018. REUTERS/Tom Allard

Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) announced on Friday that the livelihood assistance for qualified residents of Marawi City will be distributed in the first week of April.

TFBM Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario said at a press briefing that a total of 32,000 qualified residents will receive aid amounting to P20,000 each family beginning April 6.

“On April 6 and 7, we are going to start giving the livelihood and transitional package of assistance to all residents of Marawi,” he said.

On top of this, residents from ground zero or the area mostly affected during the 2017 siege would also receive an additional P53,000 worth of financial assistance, del Rosario added.

“As of now, based on our profiling there are 32,000 qualified residents. All these 32,000 residents will be given P20,000 livelihood assistance and those residing in the most affected area will be given additional P53,000 additional by DSWD,” he said.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will lead the distribution of livelihood assistance to Marawi residents.

Although efforts to reconstruct Marawi are still ongoing, del Rosario said that residents are still advised against returning to their destroyed homes.

Del Rosario explained that authorities are still clearing the area from debris and unexploded ordnance that were left in the area after the intense fighting between the government forces and the Maute terrorists.

The military previously said that most of the unexploded bombs penetrated deep into the ground and could not safely be excavated with heavy equipment. Removing unexploded ordnance has also been difficult because of lack of radar equipment to detect where exactly the bombs are.

The TFBM estimates to complete the clearing operations by September. – Robie de Guzman

SONA 2018: Marawi IDPs call for Duterte’s response to complaints

admin   •   July 23, 2018


FILE PHOTO: Marawi residents

Several victims of the Marawi crisis have been complaining to the government about resettlement and financial assistance.

In the third State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte, several internally displaced persons (IDPs) want to hear the government’s response to their complaints.

IDPs from the most affected zone in Marawi City are yet to receive temporary shelters from the government.

They said there are unfair camp managers from Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM).

The group was dismayed over the National Housing Authority (NHA) for not paying attention to their housing applications while “bakwits”  in evacuation centers have already received housing units.

They said that the Department of Social Welfare and Development  (DSWD) has allegedly cut-off the government’s weekly assistance for them for the reason that they are home-based and residing with their relatives.

These IDPs, residing with their relatives are calling for the proper assistance since they are also victims of war.

“Paano kami naman mabubuhay na du’n naman sa ground zero ang kabuhayan namin, kaya gusto namin dito na pati yung bahay. Saan kami titira?” said Faridah Mama, one of the IDPs.

(How are we going to survive when our livelihoods are in ground zero? That’s why we also calling for resettlement. Where are we supposed to live?)

“Kailangan mabigyan kami ng tulong galing sa Presidente at malaman ng matataas na yung mga taga-homebased ay mabigyan ng pansin,” said Shalani Magandia, also one of the IDPs.

(We need assistance from the President and to let the higher-ups know [our situation] so that home-based earners will also be given attention.)

Task Force Bangon Marawi said that “bakwit” should cultivate more patience because additional housing units are currently being built in the city.

The inter-agency task force group said that there is only a slow-paced construction due to the rain.

“Ngayon ongoing yung 1,500 na units uli na tinatayo. Meron ding 400 dun sa isang site. Meron ding permanent shelter na 3,000 plus another 1,500. So tuloy tuloy naman yun,” said TFBM field office manager Asec. Felix Castro Jr.

(Construction for 1,500 units is underway. There’s another 400 in one of the sites. There are also 3,000 permanent shelters and another 1,5000.  It’s continuous.)

Currently, the rehabilitation of the most affected area in Marawi has not started. It has been postponed twice because the government has yet to find developers.

Moreover, the task force assured that the completion of the rehabilitation is in 2021.

Apart from the residents, the principal of Marawi Central Pilot Elementary School, calls for the construction of additional classrooms in the said school.

The principal is also asking the president for an increase in their salaries and additional offices because they said they are suffering much more than any other teachers in their temporary learning spaces in Marawi. — Raymond Octobre | UNTV News & Rescue


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

Marje Pelayo   •   June 8, 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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