By Wilnard Bacelonia

ILIGAN CITY, Jan. 11 (PIA-ICCC) – The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) assured private entities that Marawi City is safe for project contractors considering the overwhelming presence of the security forces.

Before the implementation of their project, TFBM chairperson and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said that private entities should just coordinate with TFBM and the Marawi City Government.

Recently, the Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) received a P4-million fund from the Metrobank Group to support the former’s two major projects.

Half of the fund is allocated for a 4,000-seat Filipino-Chinese Friendship Dome to be built in Marawi City.

In a report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, FFCCCII President Domingo Yap shared that they are having difficulties in looking for a project contractor.

“Some of them don’t want to go there. It’s mainly [because of] peace and order. They’re still scared,” Yap told the Inquirer.

In response, Secretary del Rosario said that “getting a contractor won’t be a problem especially if the chosen contractor is coming from Lanao provinces.”

“Security concern is a matter of perception, Marawi is definitely safe for any contractor. Luzon and Visayas contractors may have reservations due to the lack of appreciation of the current peace and order situation in Marawi but local contractors are willing and, in fact, very much eager to get projects in Marawi. TFBM also assures that security and safety will be provided by the AFP,” del Rosario said.

FFCCCII has already coordinated with TFBM and the Marawi LGU and the latter have already provided a two-hectare land for the project.

The Filipino-Chinese Friendship Dome, which is considered as the largest single donation given by the Filipino-Chinese community in the country yet aims to promote culture and athletics, as well as facilitate commerce in the war-torn area. (PIA-ICCC)