By Claire Gigje

ILIGAN CITY, April 26 (PIA-10) – Following the siege that occurred in Marawi City, the government, with the efforts of national and local sectors, prepared Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (BMCRRP) as an answer to the needs of the internally displaced persons.

Regional Development Staff Director Remedios Endencia of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), in her presentation in a two-day communications training held in Iligan City, said that BMCRRP intends to guide the rehabilitation and recovery process, giving framework and proposed activities and projects to be funded. Also, it aims to highlight the roles of the institutions such as national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs), private sector and development partners, and how all of these stakeholders may participate.

Dir. Endencia clarified that CRRP is not the city’s development plan. Rather, it is just a portion of the development requirements of the city.

“The CRRP responds to the needs of the affected communities brought about by the conflict and how normalcy can be restored and how conditions be upgraded…we want better improvements,” she added.

The main principles of BMCRRP are to give importance to programs, projects and activities (PPAs); recognize violent extremism; promote reconciliation and peaceful coexistence; build forward better; redirect development outside danger zones; create spatial framework; respect the local conditions; and improve access to public utilities.

BMCRRP also has a spatial framework called Atoran ko Dasalan, a set of shared community-generated and conflict-sensitive guidelines used to plan and implement programs and projects. This covers spatial data that can be shared to comprehensive land use plan (CLUP), Lanao del Sur Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP) and CRRP.

Meanwhile, the key PPAs of BMCRRP are local governance and peace building; housing and settlement; livelihood and business development; physical infrastructure; social services; and land resource management.

According to Endencia, with the 902 PPAs, the total funding requirement has amounted to P55,006,000. The funding requirement has two phases namely: short-term, which must immediately be started by 2018; and long-term, which doesn’t necessarily begin by 2018 and can just happen by 2019 to 2022.

Sources of funds for PPAs may come from the government, private sector, non-government agencies or non-profit organizations and Official Development Assistance (ODA), with LGUs and NGAs as the implementing units. (eor/Claire Gigje/PIA10)