By: Lou Ellen L. Antonio

MARAWI CITY, March 26, (PIA TFBMM ICCC) – A two-day multi-stakeholder forum on recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi City and other affected areas of Lanao del Sur was organized by the provincial government of Lanao del Sur.

Stakeholders from different sectors converged to discuss and present their concerns and recommendations for seven issues which include military reservation, military camp, proposed development of the most affected area (MAA), Kambalingan (return of the residents), Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (BMCRRP), livelihood programs, and on temporary and permanent shelters.

Some of the participants discuss concerns and recommendations for certain issues in the rehabilitation of Marawi City. (Photo by: James Umaran)

Among of the participants of the forum were women’s groups, religious and traditional leaders, non-governmental organizations, media, academe, line agencies, internally displaced persons (IDP) community, and youth organizations.

The forum also served as an avenue for consultation of Task Force Bangon Marawi  (TFBM) with the affected communities as responses on the 7 issues were provided. Furthermore, updates and proposed plan for the rehabilitation of Marawi were also presented during the forum.

TFBM Chairperson Sec. Eduardo Del Rosario presented the accomplishments of TFBM and rehabilitation plan and perspective for MAA while TFBM Field Office Manager Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr. discussed the proposed development of MAA.

Undersecretary Adoracion Navarro of the National Economic and Development Authority, meanwhile, presented the BMCRRP.

Captain Julesther Cañada of Joint Task Group Builder discussed the updates on the clearing operations of the unexploded ordnance and  improvised explosive device in MAA and the timeline for the visit in MAA.

Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairperson Sec. Eduardo Del Rosario presents the rehabilitation plan and perspective on the development of Most Affected Area in Marawi City. (Photo by: James Umaran / PIA ICCC)

Governor Bedjoria Soraya Alonto Adiong of Lanao del Sur urged all sectors of the community to work collaboratively. “For as long as it does not hinder our personal beliefs and religious practice, let us take this opportunity to work together to make and improve Marawi City, a better place to live in — now more than ever,” she said.

Meanwhile Del Rosario said that “we will be together so that the promise of the President will be attained successfully for the benefit of the Maranaos.”

It can be recalled that TFBM had series of consultations with the barangay chairpersons of Marawi, ulamas, local officials of Lanao del Sur and Sultanate of Marawi City, land owners of MAA and IDP leaders. (LEAntonio/PIA ICCC)