MANILA – The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) will launch on Sunday the newly constructed Grand Mosque in Marawi, four years after the government started its rehabilitation of the city razed to the ground when government forces took out the Maute-led terrorist… Read More
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday promised that his administration will double its efforts to hasten to complete the rehabilitation projects in Marawi City.Duterte made the vow as he led the commemorative rites of the fourth anniversary of the liberation of Marawi City from… Read More
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.
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.
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)
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – After President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Marawi City on Saturday, affected residents of the siege four years ago are hoping they will be able to return to the Most Affected Area (MAA).In an interview Sunday, Moro Consensus Group chair Drieza Lininding said there are… Read More
Housing czar Eduardo del Rosario on Wednesday said he is unfazed by calls for his resignation and that he will give up the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) helm only if President Rodrigo Duterte orders him to vacate the position.
Reacting to allegations of some Maranao professionals for his alleged failure to reconstruct the war-torn city on time, del Rosario told the Philippine News Agency that he is not bothered by the call for his resignation as the TFBM chairman, noting the task force has accomplished so much.
“I know pretty well what are the accomplishments of the Task Force Bangon Marawi and its member agencies. I’m seeing the progress of what we are doing, (so) I am confident with that,” he said, adding that the TFBM has the full trust and confidence of President Duterte to continue the rehabilitation of Marawi City.
“For me, as a former member of the Armed Force of the Philippines (AFP), there is no such thing as resignation. Our stay in any undertaking, whether it will be civilian or military government, is based on the trust and confidence of the president, or the appointing authority,” he added.
The call for his resignation, he said, is just part of political peddlers’ propaganda and to destroy the government in general, noting that he will “just work on his mandate to rehabilitate Marawi City”.
On March 20, 2019, a Maranao civil society group leader Drieza Abaton Lininding called for del Rosario to resign during the TFBM public consultation and forum in Marawi City.
He dared the TFBM head, a retired military general, to vacate his position once he fails in his commitment to facilitate the return of evacuees to Marawi City’s Most Affected Area (MMA) – severely affected by the five-month 2017 Marawi siege — by July of 2019.
Del Rosario challenged Lininding to resign as CSO leader if the TFBM could start sending evacuees back home to MAA by July.
He said the debris management at the MAA is the most important project undertaken by the task force, citing the clearing of unexploded ordnances and other explosives and the demolition of the damaged infrastructures, houses, and buildings.
The transfer of the remaining displaced families who stayed at the evacuation centers to transitory houses continued in July 2019.
In early January 2020, the call was revived when the Dr. Dimapuno Alonto-Datu Ramos Jr., spokesman of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), expressed his disappointment on del Rosario, asking him anew to step down as TFBM head.
News reports said Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Lanao Sur chapter, the provincial government, and the 80-member parliament of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) requested for an independent probe on the management of huge funds allocated by the national government for the Marawi rehabilitation projects.
Del Rosario said all TFBM funds are distributed to each task force member agencies which are implementing projects and programs accordingly and answering the plight of the thousands of evacuees affected by the siege.
“TFBM member agencies involved in the rehabilitation are also conducting bidding process for their projects, to ensure the budgets are being used properly,” he said. “If President Duterte will say ‘Del Rosario, you have to leave!’, then I’ll go. Because I serve at the pleasure of the president and I don’t serve at the pleasure of those with ill motive and best at interest in the workings of government in Marawi City.”
Meanwhile, del Rosario said the vertical construction will now start as the clearing operations and debris management have been completed.
“We already had the groundbreaking in December 2019. This first quarter of 2020, the mobilization and the actual construction of vertical projects will commence,” he said.
Private individuals, he said, can now renovate and reconstruct their houses inside the MAA provided that they have the complete documents of owning the land property and a building permit from the local government (LGU) of Marawi.
Del Rosario, who is also Secretary of the newly created Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, assured the public that the task force is still on track in pursuing its target to complete the rehabilitation of the war-torn city’s MAA by December 2021.
“There are some challenges but everything is surmountable. That’s why we are moving forward and I can say that we are on the right track based on our timeline. (So) we will be completing the rehabilitation by December of 2021,” he said.
The TFBM was created under the administrative order No. 3 issued by President Duterte on June 28, 2017, to ensure collaboration and convergence among national agencies and the local government units. TFBM facilitates the rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction efforts in Marawi.
It also helps displaced families recover from the tragedy brought by the Marawi siege in May 2017. (PNA)
Housing project sparks new hope for Marawi residents
The construction site of the housing units for 100 families from Barangay West Dulay, who were displaced by the Marawi siege, broke ground on Thursday, October 17, during the commemoration of the second anniversary of the capital’s liberation from Islamic State-inspired terrorists.
The ceremony in Marawi City was part of the reporting event for the media organized by Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), the Presidential Communications Operations Office, and the Philippine Information Agency to show the progress of the government’s rehabilitation and recovery efforts for those affected by the Battle of Marawi.
HOUSING FOR MARAWI. Task Force Bangon Marawi chairperson and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary Eduardo del Rosario (4th from left) and Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra (5th from left) present the blueprint of the housing project that will benefit 1,500 families displaced by the Marawi siege. The construction site of the housing units for 100 families from Barangay West Dulay broke ground on Thursday (Oct. 17, 2019) during the commemoration of the second anniversary of the capital’s liberation from Islamic State-inspired terrorists. (Photo from PCOO)
Present during the event were TFBM chairperson and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario; Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra; Sultan Nasser Sampaco; Social Housing Finance Corp. (SHFC) president, lawyer Arnolfo Cabling; members of the SHFC Board of Directors Lyndon Catulong Sr. and Ronald Barcena; UN-Habitat project manager Warren Ubongen; and contractor Fiat-a Macarambon.
In his speech, del Rosario gave a message of hope to thousands of the city’s internally displaced persons (IDPs).
“We are now ready to start with the construction of permanent housing units for the IDPs,” he told the beneficiaries, who have been living along the three-meter easement of the Agus River and Lake Lanao.
Aside from the 109 housing units that will be built in the coming months, del Rosario also noted that the TFBM secured 500 units of permanent shelters last week with the help of UN-Habitat and the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) headed by president lawyer Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling.
MARAWI SHELTER. Officials of Task Force Bangon Marawi and the city government lead the groundbreaking of a relocation site for permanent shelters in Barangay West Dulay, Marawi City on Thursday’s (Oct. 17, 2019). The site is just one of the several relocation areas for displaced residents. (PNA photo by Nef Luczon)
He said that with the 500 units already secured and the 109 units that broke ground, they already have 609 units, but still need to fast-track the rest of the 1,500 units promised by UN-Habitat, otherwise the remaining fund would be given back by March 31 next year.
Del Rosario said that by the end of October, they would declare the most affected area (MAA) in Marawi – the Ground Zero — cleared of bombs and hazards, having detected and recovered 625 explosives so far.
The NHA, he added, would declare the completion of damaged structures in the MAA by November 30.
“By the first quarter of next year, most of the projects that will be constructed in the MAA will start. That is why we are certain of our timetable. We have been saying that we are on track and we will complete the rehabilitation of Marawi by December 2021,” del Rosario said.
The processing of building permit applications for structures by residents in the MAA, began last July 30, allowing them to demolish the damaged houses from sectors 1 to 7 of the MAA and start architectural and engineering plans.
The Subcommittee on Housing, headed by the HUDCC and NHA, is already monitoring the temporary shelter units at the Biyaya ng Pagbabago Sagonsongan Transitory Site, which will accommodate 1,052 displaced households for Areas 1 to 6.
An additional 300 temporary shelter units in Area 8 are also under construction. At the Boganga Lakeview Shelter Site alone, 814 out of the 1,500 target housing units have been completed and 687 of these are already occupied by the displaced families.
In Barangay Rorogagus, a total of 1,000 housing units are being constructed in two sites and another 1,000 units will also be constructed in Barangay Dulay.
For the permanent housing, a total of 2,000 units will be constructed in Pamayandeg sa Ranaw Residences in barangays Kilala and Gadongan.
Apart from these housing units, the NHA will also construct two five-story low-rise buildings and one three-story multi-purpose building with a covered basketball court in Barangay Papandayan in Marawi.
“By December of 2021, I think 95 percent of the structures have been built. And Marawi City will be a prosperous city again, as promised by our President (Rodrigo Duterte),” del Rosario said.
He also floated the swift passage of an executive order (EO) that seeks to make the NHA the lead agency in undertaking key rehabilitation projects in the war-torn capital of Lanao del Sur, saying that the EO would authorize the NHA to undertake the unified road networks, electrical and water utilities, and telecommunication projects.
Del Rosario said that one agency should integrate the budget “because if all the agencies involved will do the road networks and the procurement processes for the water, electricity, and telecommunications have not (been) finalized yet, then everything will diverge,” he said.
Del Rosario said they were expecting the EO to be released this month as it has been with the Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea since last month.
It can be recalled that two years ago, the President announced the liberation of Marawi City after a gruelling five-month conflict to fend off Islamic State-inspired terrorists.
Since then, the task force’s 56 member agencies have continuously worked together to bring the lives of the residents back to normal through efforts in several areas.
For livelihood, micro, small and medium entrepreneurs of Marawi City have earned a total of PHP722,140 during the Bangon Marawi Trade Fair. On medical and health services, the Department of Health, in partnership with the World Health Organization – Philippines and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, targeted 134,441 children who were less than five years old across 39 municipalities in Lanao del Sur for its campaign against polio.
On relief services, the Department of Social Welfare and Development distributed hygiene kits, family kits, food packs, and malongs to displaced families in transitory shelters. Taiwan, through the World Vision Philippines, also donated a total of 66,000 sacks of rice at 30 kg. per sack for the displaced families.
For skills training, the Department of Information and Communications Technology conducted a workshop for 100 IDP scholars on online freelancing jobs and the IT-BPM industry for the countryside, as well as a workshop for 25 IDP scholars on social media marketing and advertising technical training.
The residents and rebel returnees in Butig, Lanao del Sur have availed of the different government services and programs during the Kumpas Barangay: Information-Serbisyo Caravan from various government line agencies.
The Department of Public Works and Highways’ contractors, in charge of the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Banggolo, Mapandi, and Pumping bridges, have also started reconstructing 18.97 km. of the Transcentral Roads, with funding from the Official Development Assistance of the government of Japan for the war-torn city. (PCOO)
Housing for families in ‘no-build’ zones breaks ground in Marawi
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) have partnered in the efforts to rebuild Marawi City.
UN-Habitat and SHFC broke ground on Thursday, October 18, for a permanent housing project for 109 families in Marawi City, the latest of their joint ventures to resettle families displaced by the 2017 siege by terrorists of the country’s Muslim city.
Located in Barangay West Dulay, the housing project is intended for families in four villages whose houses are located within the six-meter easement of the Agus River and within the 20-meter easement of Lake Lanao.
Local officials maintained that houses within these easements remain unsafe, and are within the government’s “no-build” zones.
UN-Habitat said the project is part of its commitment to build 1,500 permanent housing units in Marawi through the PHP500-million funding granted by the Japanese government.
In West Dulay, UN-Habitat partnered with SHFC for the purchase of the 1.8-hectare land, one of the two properties acquired early this year to jumpstart the “Rebuilding Marawi City through Community-driven Shelter and Livelihood Support” initiative.
In January, SHFC held a groundbreaking ceremony in Barangay Dulay Proper for the construction of 800 permanent housing units for the families from the most affected area (MAA).
SHFC President Arnolfo Cabling explained that the delay was caused by the unexpected challenges they met, such as the purchase of land.
“Lot acquisition has been our problem…with respect to lot ownership, titles and many others,” Cabling said.
UN-Habitat Country Programme Manager, Christopher Rollo, said that the construction of the shelter units will be carried out through an approach called the “People’s Process” that places the community’s needs and their rights at the center of their recovery and rehabilitation.
Rollo elaborated that “this project emphasizes the direct involvement of the families or home partners in the decision making and the construction of their shelter units.”
“The partner communities underwent a series of workshops to be informed of the best structural design of their houses along with religious and cultural considerations,” he said.
Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Eduardo del Rosario reiterated the government’s pledge in bringing normalcy back to the city by December 2021 as indicated in their original timeline.
According to Del Rosario, several activities organized by the Task Force Bangon Marawi comprised of 56 member-agencies had been lined up to commemorate the historic event.
He also wants to give importance to the heroism of soldiers who lost their lives during the five-month siege, as well as the resilience of both the government and affected communities. (with PNA report)
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