By Lou Ellen L. Antonio
MARAWI CITY, Oct. 3 (PIA) — Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) closely monitors the simultaneous construction of various infrastructure projects in the city.
During the ocular inspection of the Task Force, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Chief of Staff Zyril Carlos said that it aims “to look at the progress [of the projects] that started already in July [this year].
He shared that the majority of the Special Allotment Release Order was released to implementing agencies for Marawi rehabilitation only in April 2020.
“Due to the procurement process under Philippine government Republic Act 9184 [Government Procurement Reform Act], it took two to three months… a lot of agencies actually started construction in July,” he said.
Inside the most affected area (MAA), the infrastructure projects that are ongoing include Marawi Museum, four-storey school building, School of Living Tradition, Peace Memorial Park, Grand Padian Market, road network projects, and barangay complexes in barangays Moncado Kadingilan, Tolali, Lumbaca Madaya, Datu Naga, Sangkay Dansalan, Banggolo, West Marinaut, South Madaya, and Dansalan.
“We are closely monitoring the progress to make sure that we are on the time table,” Carlos added.
Twenty percent of the contract price or mobilization was already issued to the contractors for the repair of three mosques – Masjid Disomangcop, Masjid Darussalam, and White mosque.
Other mosques that need repair were also identified such as Masjid Macaorao.
“We will now pursue that Masjid Macaorao will be in the next group of mosques that we will repair. We are looking for private developers that actually provide funds for the repair of the mosque,” said Carlos.
Meanwhile, the construction of road network projects in the most affected area of this city is slated for completion by September 2021.
TFBM Chairman Sec. Eduardo del Rosario remarked this statement during the Commission on Appointments’ deliberation on his appointment as secretary of the DHSUD.
“It started last week and will be completed in the third quarter of 2021,” Del Rosario said as he admitted delay in the actual implementation.
Marawi City Majul Usman Gandamra also affirmed that the construction of road networks has already commenced.
“The road network started last week and the timeline is given to contractors, binigyan po sila ng anim hanggang walong buwan para tapusin itong road network and I think with our strict monitoring, together with Task Force Bangon Marawi, I’m sure that this will be done on the timeline given by the national government,” Gandamra said.
TFBM Field Office Manager Asec. Felix Castro Jr. and Deputy Field Office Manager Antonio Sugarol also joined Carlos during the ocular inspection and monitoring of the projects.
Since the road network construction is now in full swing, the traffic flow in MAA was also presented in a coordination meeting with Eddmari construction, the contractor for the road network project, and the National Housing Authority as the implementing agency.
TFBM targets to complete the rehabilitation projects by December 2021. (LELA/PIA ICIC)