By Wilnard Bacelonia

ILIGAN CITY, Aug. 2 (PIA-ICCC) – Residents from Tulali and Daguduban villages in Marawi City can now start applying for building permit for the repair/renovation of the structures they own inside the most affected area (MAA), as the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) takes the initiative to establish a one-stop-shop at Marawi City Hall.

Dubbed “Kathagombalay,” which means “rebuilding,” the TFBM Field Office gathered the concerned member-agencies like the National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO), Marawi City Water District (MCWD), and Office of the Building Official (OBO) under the Marawi City Government to the venue where displaced Marawi City residents will process all the documents before returning to their home.

“Before they can repair or reconstruct their owned structure, they will be required to apply for building and relocation permits. The OBO will determine if the structure can still be repaired or not. We will also ensure that the applicant is really the legal owner of the land or the structure,” TFBM Field Office Manager and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Assistant Secretary Felix Catro Jr. said during the “Bangon Marawi, Bangon Ranao” radio program here.

He also emphasized that the “Kathagombalay” is a very important initiative because it can prevent land conflict in the future, the Local Government of Marawi City can already have the complete records of the rightful owners of the properties, and the structures in the war-torn city will all be in accordance with the existing laws especially the Building Code of the Philippines.

The displaced residents will undergo registration where they will fill-up a form, screening and verification against the Kathanor list; verification from NHA’s list of beneficiaries for permanent housing, submission of house tag from DENR, and initial checking of documents; processing of application of permit from OBO, application for LASURECO, and application for MCWD; evaluation from the OBO.

If approved, the TFBM and Marawi LGU will be informed and the NHA will monitor the repair or reconstruction of the structure. The TFBM will then schedule the return of the MAA resident. If disapproved, the MAA resident will be informed of the same.

Before returning to their homes, the MAA residents shall secure an occupancy permit from the OBO.

The applicant will have to bring his/her Land Title or Deed of Sale, Corresponding Plans and Specification signed and sealed by a duly licensed Architect or Civil Engineer, Zoning Receipt, BIR Tax Clearance, and Barangay clearance.

If registered owner of the lot, the applicant will also have to bring five photocopies of Transfer Certificate of Title, five photocopies of Tax Declaration of the lot, and five photocopies of Real Property Tax of the lot for the current year.

If not the registered owner of the lot, the applicant will have to bring a five photocopies of duly notarized copy of Contract of Lease, five photocopies of duly notarized copy of Absolute Sale, five photocopies of duly notarized Contract of Sale, five photocopies of Deed of Donation, or five photocopies of Consent from the Owner.

After the repair, it will be inspected again by the OBO for approval before the issuance of the Occupancy Permit which will allow the displaced residents to occupy their homes again.

“This is an opportunity for the residents to start rebuilding or reconstructing their homes inside the MAA. We will give them the opportunity to rebuild their lives,” Castro added.

“Kathagombalay” started with the residents from MAA’s Sector 1 Tuesday, July 30, 2019 and will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays to Fridays at the second floor of Marawi City Hall and will continue until all displaced MAA residents from other sectors have undergone the process.

Compensation Bill

Castro also made it clear that the government has no funds yet for the financial assistance to help the displaced residents in rebuilding their homes.

“The financial assistance in rebuilding the private structures depends on the Compensation Bill, which was filed in Congress last year, but was not enacted into law. So, hopefully it will be filed again this year so the government can provide financial assistance to displaced residents who own the damaged structures,” he explained.

Three Marawi Reparation Bill versions were filed in the Lower House last year by Lanao del Sur 1st District Representative Ansaruddin “Hooky” Adiong, Lanao del Sur 2nd District Representative Mauyag Papandayan, and Akbayan Party List Representative Tom Villarin.

The House Committee on Disaster Management was able to consolidate the three versions of the bill.

However, the bill was not passed into law until the end of the 17th Congress.

Marawi City displaced residents are hoping that the Marawi Reparation Bill will be enacted into law this 18th Congress to have the financial assistance they need in rebuilding their homes. (WLBacelonia/PIA-ICCC)