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Task force targets return of Marawi IDPs before 2018 ends

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2018

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

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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 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


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Maute-ISIS sub commander surrenders to AFP

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Deputy Commander Col. Romeo Brawner of the Joint Task Force Ranao

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – Deputy Commander Col. Romeo Brawner of the Joint Task Force Ranao confirmed on Thursday (June 28) that a sub commander of a Maute-ISIS unit in Marawi City has surrendered.

Alim Mana Sandab was allegedly the sub commander of Abu Dar. He surrendered along with another Maute members on Tuesday (June 26).

Brawner explained that Sandab’s surrender is a result of the intensified military intelligence gathering as well as the vigilance and support of the surrounding residents.

“Tuloy tuloy pa pa rin ung operation na ginagawa natin. We are after doon sa combat operation natin with intelligence operation kaya iyong nag surrender is a result of intelligence operation,” he said.

Brawner assured that the surrenderees will receive livelihood assistance from the government. – Weng Fernandez / Marje Pelayo

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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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