The construction of new public infrastructure in the most affected area (MAA) in Marawi City will start this December as the retrieval and disposal of unexploded bombs near completion, an official said in Cagayan de Oro City during a press briefing Thursday (Nov. 28).
Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, chairperson of both Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) and Housing and Urban Coordinating Council, said the government can now begin to build infrastructures destroyed by the war in Marawi as the military’s clearing operation of unexploded ordnances (UXOs) and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is already 95 percent complete.
The MAA or the ground zero, scene of the fiercest battles between the Islamic State-inspired militants and government forces, is already 99 percent cleared of IEDs, the official said.
“The heart and soul of Marawi rehabilitation as far as infrastructure is concerned is focused on the MAA,” Del Rosario said.
TFBM has set the timeframe for the construction of vital government infrastructures between December 2019 and March 2020.
To be given priority are school buildings with 200 classrooms, 24 barangay halls with a health center and a madrasa, 50-bed capacity hospital, and the Grand Padian market. The construction of the Marawi City Police and Bureau of Fire Protection headquarters will follow.
Most of these structures, De Leon said, will be built in the reclaimed 10-hectare land owned by the Marawi city government in the MAA.
He said the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi are all sourced from the national budget.
Del Rosario said the government is setting aside PHP3.5 billion from the 2020 budget for the construction of various public infrastructures.
Debris management and the creation of a masterplan–two important components of the Marawi infrastructure rehabilitation efforts–have already been completed, said Roderick Ibañez, National Housing Authority regional director for the Zamboanga Peninsula and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Ibañez said the groundbreaking for the sports complex in Marawi is expected to be held December, “to boost and show that the rehabilitation is moving forward”.
Meanwhile, Ibañez announced that there are already over a thousand of Marawi residents that applied for building permits to voluntarily rebuild their own houses and that over 200 households were already given building permits. (PNA)