By Wilnard Bacelonia

MARAWI CITY, Nov 5 (PIA-ICCC) — As the sector 1 of the most affected area’s (MAA) debris clearing starts, the National Housing Authority (NHA) continues its negotiation with local and international developers for the implementation of five out of 22 components of Marawi rehabilitation prioritized through a resolution passed by the agency’s board of directors.

The five components for MAA which was divided into nine sectors include debris management, site development plan with feasibility study, road right of way acquisition, concrete road infrastructure with provision for bike and pedestrian lanes, and provision for underground utilities such as water, power, and telecoms.

Just like the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) announced, pilot debris clearing for MAA’s sector 1 worth 75-million pesos which was awarded to FINMAT International Resources, Incorporated have already started last October 19, more than one week before the groundbreaking ceremony which was held last October 30.

“We would just like to see how debris management will work. Once we have determined the adjustments that we have to make, then among the proponents who would like to undertake the debris clearing, we will award the remaining sectors,” TFBM chairperson and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario.

The debris clearing in sector 1 which has 411 houses is estimated to be done in six months or less.

Marawi City’s overall rehabilitation plan was established through Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (BMCRRP) which aims to restore public utilities and destroyed structures, establish catalyst for growth, reintegrate the residences and provide livelihood opportunities, provide secured and peaceful environment inside and outside MAA.

A glimpse of the “New Marawi”

In his message on MAA’s groundbreaking ceremony, TFBM Secretariat Head and HUDCC Secretary General lawyer Falconi Millar cited what would MAA be like after the rehabilitation.

One of the “Future Marawi” illustrations released by TFBM May early this year which is included in a master plan consisting of new public spaces such as parks, malls, plazas, and streets. (File Photo by PIA)

“We will have a barangay hall, a health center and a Madrasa on each of the 24 barangays, one-hectare grand central market (Padian), establish port facilities, multi-transport hub, re-establish better elementary and high school buildings, a memorial site, a four-storey car park, Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events (MICE) Center that can accommodate 1,500 to 2,000 individuals, a Marawi Museum, School of Living Tradition,” Millar noted.

He added that all of the projects are fruits of more than 200 dialogues and consultations done with Marawi stakeholders and assured that in any phase of the development, Islamic and cultural sensitivities will be the foremost consideration in every step of the way.

“Marawi will also have a Ways and Water Sewage System and Centralized Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) inside and outside MAA, Water and Electric Telecom with underground utilities on roads which will be widened by two meters on each side of the main roads and 1.5 meters on secondary and tertiary roads, and Agus river and Lake Lanao promenade,” Millar added.

The official also emphasized there will be no displacements and no one will forcibly take any land.

Meanwhile, Secretary del Rosario noted that they will conduct an assessment on the construction of the 25 Masjids destroyed by the war. The official estimated it to cost 900 million to one billion pesos.

“The government could not provide for the reconstruction of mosques, but we already have coordinated with the ambassadors of other countries for them to provide,” the TFBM chair assured.

Del Rosario, meanwhile, made it clear that displaced residents will have to ask for a building permit from Marawi City Hall before allowing them to return to MAA to build their own houses before the year 2020 ends and after the debris management and horizontal development.

“At the end of the rehabilitation, all commercial buildings and houses will be recorded and taxed and there will no longer be buildings that are not registered with the city government,” del Rosario said.

Project Monitoring

To make sure that there will be no room for corruption, TFBM tapped 50 non-government and civil society organizations in monitoring the implementation of all projects.

TFBM chairperson and HUDCC Secretary Eduardo del Rosario delivering his message at MAA’s groundbreaking ceremony. (Jason Casas/PIA ICCC)

“They will be our third party partners to ensure that quality projects will be completed and aside from that, we will also organize project monitoring offices on national and local levels,” del Rosario assured.

After the groundbreaking ceremony, HUDCC and NHA officials met with local contractors all over Mindanao capable of participating in Marawi rehabilitation. (WLBacelonia/PIA-ICCC)