By Lou Ellen L. Antonio
 
MARAWI CITY, July 31 (PIA) — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque emphasized in a virtual press briefing on Thursday that the rehabilitation works in Marawi City did not cease despite the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
 
Roque asserted this statement after some lawmakers and civic groups criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for not mentioning updates on the developments of the war-torn city in his fifth State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA).
 
He said that even if the president did not mention it in the SONA, the restoration of the city remains one of his priorities.
 
“Hindi po tumigil ang gobyerno para mapabangon muli ang Marawi dahil nga po doon sa nangyari ilang taon na ang nakakalipas,” said Roque.
 
[The government did not stop its rehabilitation efforts for Marawi City after what happened few years back.]
 
“Tuloy-tuloy po ang rebuilding of Marawi kaya nga po siguro hindi na sinama sa talumpati ng Presidente dahil nagsimula naman po iyan at ongoing po iyan,” he added.
 
[Rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City are continuous which is the reason perhaps on why he did not mention it in his speech.]
 
The spokesperson also affirms his commitment to continue holding press conferences in Marawi in the future.

The construction of the School Living and Tradition by the local government of Marawi City has begun on June 20, 2020 and is now on 8.35% completion. (Lou Ellen Antonio/ PIA ICIC)

 
“Sa mga susunod na press briefing, babalik po siguro tayo gaya ng ginagawa natin dati diyan mismo sa Marawi nang makita po ng buong bayan kung nasaan na po ang efforts to rebuild Marawi,” he said.
 
[For the next press briefings, we might be back there just like what we did before in Marawi so that the whole country will know the progress of rebuilding efforts of Marawi.]
 
Meanwhile, Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairman Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario also expressed his commitment that the massive rehabilitation of the city will be completed within the term of President Duterte.
 
“As committed, the rehabilitation of government infrastructures in Marawi City will be completed within the term of our President. That is his order and that will be done,” said Del Rosario.
 
The construction of infrastructures in the most affected area of the city are now on full-swing. These include Marawi Maritime Outpost implemented by Armed Forces of the Philippines; Grand Padian Central Market, School of Living Tradition, Peace Memorial Park, Marawi Museum, and five barangay halls with health center and madrasah which is spearheaded by the city government of Marawi.
Outside MAA, the construction of the new Marawi City jail is now on its 30% completion which is implemented Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
These projects are funded by the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management – Marawi Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Program (NDRRM-MRRP).
 
Funded under the P970 Million grant from Government of Japan thru Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Department of Public Works and Highways has also continued rehabilitation of 18.97-kilometer Marawi Transcentral Road in Lanao Del Sur. (LELA/ PIA ICIC)