By Chris Cabajar

MARAWI CITY, Dec. 17 – New public structures are set to rise inside Marawi’s Most Affected Area (MAA), with Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Eduardo del Rosario recently leading the groundbreaking for several public facilities meant to help the Islamic city get back on its feet following the 2017 siege.

One of the main structures to be constructed is the Grand Padian Central Market in Barangay Datu Naga. The market, with an estimated cost of PHP145 million, will serve as a trading hub not only for Marawi, but also for nearby provinces.

Other key facilities slated to be built in the MAA are the Marawi City Museum and the Peace Memorial Park. The PHP23.4-million museum will be erected in Barangay Sabala Manao in honor of the sacrifices of the heroes of Marawi. It will likewise showcase the Islamic city’s culture and history.

The PHP120-million peace park, to be located in Barangay Datu Sa Dansalan, on the other hand, is meant to recognize the legacy and sacrifices of the city’s heroes.

Also on the drawing board is the new Marawi City Jail in Barangay Biaba Damag. With an estimated cost of nearly PHP133 million and a 1,500-inmate capacity, it aims to be the most modern prison facility not only in Mindanao, but in the whole country.

Construction for three more barangay complexes, each costing PHP5.4 million, also broke ground earlier this week, with the facilities to be part of 24 public halls each having its own Madrasah and health center. A new city administration building is likewise slated to be built in Barangay Sabala Manao, details of which have yet to be finalized.

Joining Secretary del Rosario in Tuesday’s events were Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Field Office manager ASec Felix Castro Jr, Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra and director Roderick Ibañez from the National Housing Authority.

According to del Rosario, who is also TFBM chairman, the groundbreaking ceremonies are meant to raise public awareness on the government’s sincerity and determination to rebuild Marawi.

He likewise reiterated that the task force’s December 2021 timeline for the completion of the projects remains on track. Construction for the public structures is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year.  (CVC/DHSUD)