By Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development
QUEZON CITY, July 30 —Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairman Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario on Friday assured Congressman Mujiv Hataman that the massive rehabilitation of the war-torn Marawi City will be completed within the term of President Rodrigo Roa 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,” Secretary Del Rosario said in reaction to concerns expressed by Hataman.
“Proof of that commitment is our President’s approval last April and May of the release of P3.56 billion to the implementing agencies to fast-track the rehabilitation,” he added.
On Wednesday, Hataman said that the massive reconstruction might be forgotten if it will not be completed within the term of the Duterte administration.
“In fact, we are on track. We are on target to finish most, if not all, public infrastructures by December 2021 as embodied in our Master Development Plan,” vowed Secretary del Rosario, who is also the head of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).
Secretary del Rosario stressed that full-scale construction works have already started July on various major projects within Marawi City’s most affected areas (MAA) or the so-called “ground zero.”
He cited the restoration of power supply at MAA’s Sectors 1 and 2, the ongoing construction of the Grand Padian Market, Marawi Museum, Peace Memorial and 24 barangay halls with madrasahs and health centers; the scheduled reconstruction of the historic Dansalan Bato Ali Mosque, the groundbreaking of the Marawi City Fire Station and a four-story 20-classroom Integrated School –all within MAA.
“I just visited MAA last July 15 and 16 and I saw for myself the ongoing full-scale construction works. So, I can assure the good congressman that the rehabilitation is on track,” Secretary Del Rosario.
“I urge Congressman Hataman to go to Marawi City to see for himself our ongoing efforts within the MAA that started immediately after the easing down of the quarantine,” he added.
Outside the “ground zero”, economic activities have been sprouting as declared by Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra during a recent press conference.
In fact, the mayor reported 1,500 percent increase in revenue collections for this year compared to the years prior to the May 2017 siege laid by Daesh-inspired Maute terrorist group. (DHSUD)