By Jaimie Cruz

MARAWI CITY, Oct. 18  — Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario spearheaded the culmination of activities during the celebration of this city’s second liberation anniversary yesterday, Oct. 17, at the most affected areas (MAA) after the siege staged by IS-linked extremist group in May 2017.

The event was well attended by several government agencies, officials and guests from Metro Manila as well as those affected by the siege called as internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Mayor Majul Gandamra expressed his gratitude for the government efforts in rebuilding the war-torn city led by TFBM in collaboration with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) as well as other government agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and international benefactors.

In his message, del Rosario stressed that the city would rise again as promised by President Rodrigo Duterte when he declared the city liberated from IS-linked terror group.

Rehabilitation efforts are continuously being done by the TFBM in coordination with its 56 member-agencies.

The TFBM chair also announced that the clearing of bombs and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) in MAA will be finished by end of October while the construction of public infrastructure projects as stated in Marawi Development Plan (MDP) will start on Nov. 30, 2019.

IDPs from MAA may now get permits to rebuild their houses from TFBM’s one-stop shop through the local government of Marawi.

Meanwhile, awarding of winners of the “Rinarinaw Ko Kalilintad” (Peace) singing contest were made during the culmination program where they were also asked to perform vis-à-vis a cultural presentation by the student-performers from the Mindanao State University, followed by a drone show of AERO 360.

Finally, Secretary del Rosario appealed for cooperation of Marawi residents in taking steps to achieve the government’s goal to finish the rehabilitation works by December 2021. (JCruz/HUDCC)