Task force targets return of Marawi IDPs before 2018 ends

admin   •   April 5, 2018   •   2736

MARAWI VICTIM: Emma Abdullah hopes to return home in the war-stricken city of Marawi.


The Task Force Bangon Marawi  (TFBM) along with the Marawi City government and other agencies are thoroughly preparing to speed up the return or transfer process of internally displaced persons (IDPs) that are still staying in various evacuation centers.

According to the task force’s manager Asec. Felix Castro, Jr. they are now taking up measures to allow the return to Marawi of almost 206 families staying in Iligan City and other places.

“Ang ginagawa natin ngayon is good for 500 families. Ibig sabihin, mayroon pa sa ibang areas na pwedeng ilipat iyon ang susundin natin. Pinapriority lang natin ang Iligan evacuation center,”  TFBM manager Asec. Felix Castro.

(What we are currently doing is good for 500 families. It means there are still those in other areas that can be relocated. We are only prioritizing the Iligan evacuation center.)

Meanwhile, the second batch of Kambisitas is set to visit Marawi.

These are the residents in the main battle area who want to see their homes.

Emma Abdullah is excited to see the home they fled from and hopes that they can still salvage their things.

“Ang naisip ko baka mayroon pa, hindi nawala gamit ko at bahay ko, hindi nasira kaya excited ako makita ang lugar namin. Ang pangarap namin na sana makauwi kami sa lugar namin sa Marawi City,” said the evacuee.

(I am thinking if there’s still something left, if my valuables are still there or if my house has not been destroyed. So I am excited to see my town. Our dream is to return to our home in Marawi City.)

But Joint Task Force Ranao  (JTFR) commander BGen. Roseller Murillo admitted it is still not totally safe to venture into the main battle area because of remaining improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

“Although tatlong pass ang ginagawa ng ating mga sundalo, mayroon pa ring hindi makikita diyan, sigurado. Kaya nga kung may makita kayo during the inspection during Kambisita, huwag nyo galawin, i-report agad na ho. Available naman ang EOD personnel natin,” said Murillo.

(Although our soldiers have made three passes, there will still be some things they might have overlooked, that’s for sure. That’s why, when you see something during the inspection, during Kambisita, do not touch it.  Report it immediately. Our EOD personnel will be available.)  — UNTV News & Rescue

Continuing the legacy: 3 widows of Marawi heroes join the military

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 25, 2019

Three widows of Marawi heroes are now ready to continue the legacy of their husbands who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Marawi in 2017.

Private Grace P. Allaga, wife of late Corporal Ardnie R. Allaga, Private Merzie G. Rogador, wife of late Private First Class Eldon C. Rogador, and Private Christine Mary E. Montero, wife of late Corporal Marjone G. Montero are now considered enlisted military personnel after finishing the candidate soldier course.

They are among the 749 new soldiers who underwent and finished the four-month candidate soldier course conducted by the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division under the Philippine Army.—AAC

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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 29, 2019

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


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