July 26, 2021

Projects to rehabilitate Marawi are expected to be finished by December.

According to the current assessment of Task Force Bangon Marawi, all horizontal and vertical projects in this war-torn city would be completed by December of this year (TFBM).

Eduardo del Rosario, TFBM chair and Secretary of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development is optimistic that the government will be able to fulfill the rehabilitation schedule by the end of 2021 since they only need to work on 30% of the total projects.

“We are approximately 70 to 75 percent complete on the current horizontal and vertical projects in Marawi restoration. “We expect to finish all of these projects by December 2021,” he stated in a statement on Sunday.

Del Rosario graced handover events of housing units to Maranao families severely impacted by the five-month siege in Marawi City last week.

He said that the TFBM and it’s 56 implementing agencies are committed to speeding up the city’s reconstruction and providing good living circumstances for conflict-affected people.

The TFBM has been working with key shelter organizations such as the Social Housing Finance Corporation and the National Housing Authority to create sustainable relocation locations.

The TFBM recently handed over 170 permanent homes to informal settler families, as well as 120 two-bedroom housing units to members of eight local homeowners organizations and 50 Japan-donated permanent housing units.

109 internally displaced households were originally moved to permanent housing units in February.

Over 200 permanent homes constructed in Marawi’s worst-affected region will be handed over next month, according to del Rosario.

Mosques are being repaired and rebuilt thanks to contributions from private home developers, with Masjid Darussalam being inaugurated on Thursday.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Marawi Maritime Outpost, Mapandi Bridge, Banggolo Bridge, Marawi City Fire Substation, and the Philippine National Police Community Police Assistance Center 1 are among the facilities that have been completed thus far.

“The first fruits of President Rodrigo Duterter’s enormous restoration are now being enjoyed by Marawi people, showing that President Rodrigo Duterter’s pledge that Marawi would rise again as a wealthy city has been fulfilled,” del Rosario added.

Photo courtesy of TFBM

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