By Apipa P. Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)—President Rodrigo Roa Duterte unveiled Saturday, Oct. 16, the newly-repaired Grand Mosque in the city’s most affected area (MAA).

Duterte was assisted by Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chairperson and Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario, Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr., Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra, and National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Secretary Saidamen Pangarungan.

Damaged during the 2017 siege, the iconic Grand Mosque is the fifth house of Islamic worship that was rehabilitated by the national government through the funding support of the private sector.

Duterte said the Grand Mosque holds historical and cultural significance in the lives of Maranaws. Its complete rehabilitation will bring new hope to Muslim brothers and sisters.

As instructed by the President, TFBM has been prioritizing the repair and reconstruction of mosques damaged or destroyed during the siege as these places of Islamic worship play a critical in the social healing of Marawi residents.

Four other mosques that were completely repaired by TFBM have already been inaugurated and turned over to their respective administrators. These are Masjid Disomangcop in Barangay Daguduban, Masjid Darussalam in Barangay Raya Madaya, Marinaut Mosque in Barangay West Marinaut, and White Mosque in Barangay Lumbac Madaya.

Meanwhile, the President reassured the people of Marawi that the government is doing its best to expedite the completion of rehabilitation projects at the soonest possible time.

“We in government are strongly committed to bring back city’s glory and we will continue to foster cooperation among concerned stakeholders so that Marawi will be able to build back better and stronger,” he said. (Photo from PCOO)