By: Christian V. Cabajar

MARAWI CITY, Jan 28  – Determination and better coordination.

These are the aspects that need to be enhanced for the government, through Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), to fulfill its goal of making Marawi a prosperous city once again following the 2017 siege, according to Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Eduardo del Rosario.

The TFBM chairperson made the remark during the task force’s 15th Regional Inter-Agency Meeting at its Field Office inside the MSU Compound on Tuesday, with implementing agencies presenting their latest accomplishment reports.

Participants likewise aired sticking points hindering the completion of their projects in areas affected by the conflict perpetrated by the Maute terrorist group two years ago.

Among the projects being pushed by implementing agencies are the provision of potable water supply, scholarships, and widening of roads in affected areas.

TFBM Field Office Manager Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr and Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra also took part in the meeting, wherein del Rosario emphasized the importance of unity among implementing agencies with regards to meeting the December 2021 deadline to fully rehabilitating the Islamic city.

At the regional forum, the TFBM’s first for 2020,  the Secretary likewise called on concerned agencies to address all stumbling blocks such as submission of requirements and budget-related challenges to ensure Marawi’s speedy recovery.

“The money is there, but ang problema, hindi natin ma-tap until now, because of some (budgetary) interpretations,” del Rosario stressed. “But nevertheless, I am certain this will be released soon and in fact, I had requested the mayor of Marawi City that the local projects be undertaken by the LGUs (local government units)… and they are now mobilizing, ” he noted.

Del Rosario also stated that the TFBM is adamant on kicking off the construction of key public facilities, whose groundbreaking were held in December last year, inside the Most Affected Area.

Representatives from implementing agencies such as the Local Water Utilities Administration, the National Housing Authority, the Department of Health, the Department of Public Works and Highways, as well as local government units, were among those who presented their respective reports, including proposed programs, to del Rosario at the meeting. (CVC/DHSUD)