by Maverick Russel Flores

Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) cited a huge commitment from the national government, the private and humanitarian sectors, and international pledges as sources of funding for Marawi response, rehabilitation and recovery.

Responding to the media during Friday’s Bangon Marawi Press Briefing at the TFBM Field Office in Iligan, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Usec. Adora Navarro explained that there are separate funding allocations for the response stage, which is the current phase, and the rehabilitation and recovery stage, which will include long-term projects and activities. Thus, the mobilization of fund sources for the latter is still ongoing.

Navarro said the national government has committed a total of P15.38 billion for Marawi City this year, in addition to allocated funds from the local governments of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and affected provinces.

“You already know that there is a P10-billion fund from the NDRRM (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management). There’s a P10-billion component for Marawi, for the Marawi program. In addition to that, there is a P5.38-billion commitment from the national government agencies’ regular budget,” she said.

As for international pledges, Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra said they are coursed through nongovernment agencies such as the United Nations, which will then implement their own projects and sign their own contractors with these funds.

Hindi po ‘yan dumidiretso sa national o local government. ‘Yan po ang gusto nating ipaliwanag sa ating mga kababayan (These do not go straight to the national or local government. That is what we want to explain to our countrymen),” Gandamra said.

Meanwhile, he said the donations that do go to his office are used to augment their calamity fund, and that the Marawi City, Lanao del Sur and ARMM governments are all supporting their affected constituents.