By Wilnard Bacelonia

Marawi City, April 15 (PIA-ICCC) – Displaced homeowners here gradually realize the importance of allowing the Task Force Bangon Marawi’s (TFBM) Inter-agency Committee on Debris Clearing (IACDC) to demolish their homes destroyed by the Marawi siege almost two years ago.

This came after Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra himself gave his consent to demolish their destroyed ancestral home at the most affected area’s (MAA) in sector 5 last Valentine’s day.

Engr. Ikmat Bantuas of the National Housing Authority (NHA), which leads the IACDC, clarified that “the debris clearing team can’t touch the structure without the owner’s consent.”

“We are strictly following the demolition policy which was crafted based on a series of consultations with the Marawi LGU and the displaced homeowners,” Bantuas pointed out.

The policy states that if the owner permits the demolition of the structure, he/she should file an application for demolition with the Office of the Building Official (OBO) at Marawi City Hall with the declaration of personal information, particulars of the property, attestation that he/she is the owner of the structure as per attested by the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) along with his/her consent to allow the IACDC to demolish his/her destroyed homw.

Upon the receipt of the application, the OBO shall motu proprio issue a “demolition permit.”

The contractor/NHA upon receipt of the approved “demolition permit” shall issue a corresponding “notice of demolition” to the owner of the building, indicating the time and date of demolition. Should the structure owner fail to show up on the scheduled time despite due notice, it shall be considered a renunciation of his/her privilege to witness the process.

The contractor/NHA shall fully document all demolition activities with the presence of an official representative from the concerned BLGU.

Any and all personal, valuables, and precious items recovered by the contractor/NHA during the demolition and clearing activities shall be properly documented and turned-over to its rightful owner or to the BLGU.

The owner shall fully acknowledge the same through a duly signed acknowledgement receipt of all items recovered during the demolition and clearing activities.

Without the owner’s consent, the contractor/NHA shall submit a letter-request to the OBO for the structural evaluation of the structure of those owners who refused to apply demolition permit during the indicative period or sign a consent to demolish their building.

The OBO shall endorse the request to the IACDC for the conduct of structural evaluation of the structures and determine its structural integrity and habitableness. The result shall be submitted back to OBO for issuance of proper demolition or non-demolition permit.

If IACDC found the structure unsafe and unsound, the OBO shall exercise its authority under RA 386, RA 7160 and PD 1096 to issue a demolition order, authorizing the contractor/NHA to demolish the structure.

The contractor/NHA shall fully document all demolition activities with the presence of an official representative from concerned BLGU.

The owner or the barangay official shall fully acknowledge through a duly signed acknowledgement receipt of all the items recovered during the demolition and clearing activities.

Following the assessment of IACDC and if it finds the structure still structurally safe and sound, OBO shall issue a certification to this effect and shall not be included in the list of structures recommended for demolition.

However, the NHA warned the owners who refused or failed to give their consent for a free demolition of their unsafe homes, they will have to shoulder the cost of demolition on their own.

TFBM chairperson and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary Eduardo del Rosario explaining the importance of demolition consent to IDPs receiving the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) cash assistance. (Photo by Wilnard Bacelonia/PIA ICCC)

“If they refuse to have their structures demolished now and later changed their minds, we will no longer come back for them,” Engr. Bantuas emphasized.

Debris Management worth P2.3 billion, is the number one preliminary of the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (BMCRRP).

In the recent TFBM press briefing held inside Marawi’s MAA, TFBM chairperson and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario announced that the UXO clearing will end in August and the demolition of 5,000 estimated number of destroyed structures will end in November this year.

“With permits from the Marawi City Government, displaced residents from Sector 1 shall be allowed to return to their homes on July; Sectors 2 and 3 will follow on August; sectors 4 and 5 in September; sectors 6 and 7 in October, and sectors 8 and 9 can return on November,” del Rosario said.

He added that by the end of November this year, all lots inside MAA are already mapped. (WLBacelonia/PIA-ICCC)