B Arwen Pascua
MARAWI CITY – Despite intensified travel restrictions to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic, Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairman Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario has again headed to the country’s only Islamic City to check on the progress of the ongoing rehabilitation.
It will be Secretary Del Rosario’s third visit to Marawi this year in line with efforts to fast-track the city’s rebuilding process following the 2017 siege led by Daesh-inspired terrorists.
“These visits are aimed at assessing the progress of the TFBM and its 56 implementing agencies in terms of meeting the target completion of their respective projects,” said Secretary Del Rosario, who also heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.
“The more information we have on the status and updates of various projects on the ground, the better we can find ways to hasten their completion and help our Maranao brothers and sisters,” the housing czar added.
On Wednesday, the TFBM presided over a briefing with officials from the implementing agencies at the TFBM Field Office.
The ongoing construction of permanent houses, led by the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), as well as livelihood distribution to affected families spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative’s ongoing efforts on the electrification of the Most Affected Area’s Sector 8 were among the highlights of the briefing.
On Thursday, the TFBM chief led the groundbreaking ceremony for a halal slaughterhouse held in Barangay Calocan East.
Secretary Del Rosario likewise conducted ocular inspections of the ongoing projects in Marawi, including the Traffic Control Center and the newly constructed LED Board at the Banggolo Bridge, the permanent housing sites in Brgy. Patani, Brgy. Kilala and Gadungan, as well as in Brgy. Dulay Proper.
Last month, Secretary Del Rosario led the turnover of permanent shelters to 109 families of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Marawi in coordination with UN-Habitat and the Social Housing Finance Corporation.
According to the TFBM chief, the first-ever turnover of permanent housing symbolizes the government’s full commitment to helping those affected by the siege get back on their feet.
Secretary Del Rosario said that the government-led rehabilitation of Marawi is now about 40% complete based on the TFBM’s Master Development Plan. He stressed that the city’s rebuilding process remains on track and that most of the ongoing projects meant to restore Marawi back to its former glory are expected for completion by December of this year. (AI|MTVN)