DUTERTE unveils newly rehabilitated Grand Mosque in Marawi

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is assisted by (from left) Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Task Force Bangon Marawi chairperson and Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Secretary Saidamen Pangarungan, Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr., and Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra as he leads the unveiling of the marker of the Jameo Mindanao Al-Islamie (Grand Mosque) in Marawi City on October 16, 2021. TOTO LOZANO/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

By Apipa Bagumbaran / Philippine Information Agency

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

In his message, 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.

The interior of the newly-rehabilitated mosque. Photo: PCOO

Task Force Bangon Marawi (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 role 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 Bgy. Daguduban, Masjid Darussalam in Bgy. Raya Madaya, Marinaut Mosque in Bgy. West Marinaut, and White Mosque in Bgy. Lumbaca Madaya.

The exterior of the newly-rehabilitated mosque. Photo: PCOO

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 the 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. (APB/PIA Lanao del Sur) 

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