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