By DHSUD Public Affairs Service

QUEZON CITY, Feb. 26 — Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario is grateful to the Senate for the recent ocular inspection at the ground zero or the Most Affected Area (MAA) in Marawi City.

Headed by Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, the Senate Special Committee on the Rehabilitation of Marawi went around the battle-scarred Islamic city to assess government-led rebuilding efforts last Friday, February 21. Joining Dela Rosa were Senators Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Francis Tolentino, Imee Marcos and Migz Zubiri.

“We are really thankful to the Senate committee for its concern to the ongoing efforts of Task Force Bangon Marawi,” said del Rosario, who also heads the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM). “Rest assured that the task force will take all the recommendations and assessments of our good senators positively,” the DHSUD Secretary added.

Del Rosario likewise maintained that the TFBM will complete the rehabilitation within the timetable in December 2021. This year, according to the DHSUD chief, will be focused on the construction of vertical infrastructure. “Our timetable for completion will be within the term of President (Rodrigo Roa) Duterte. And we are on target,” he stated.

Established immediately after the liberation of Marawi City from the Islamic State-inspired Maute terrorist group in October 2017, the Senate Special Committee was tasked to study, review, assess, examine, investigate and inquire into issues concerning the rehabilitation.

The resolution that created the special committee two years ago was in response to Marawi residents’ plea for help and President Duterte’s call to provide full support, assistance, and cooperation to the TFBM.

“The visit of our senators clearly indicated that they are one with us in our efforts to rebuild a peaceful and a progressive new Marawi,” Secretary Del Rosario concluded. (DHSUD Public Affairs Service)