Rehabilitation of Marawi City in Lanao del Sur is inching closer to completion, according to the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.
Secretary Eduardo del Rosario as Task Force Bangon Marawi chief said after months of efforts in rebuilding the country’s lone Islamic City, the task force is now in the home stretch of completing the massive rehabilitation works in the area.
Del Rosario said normalcy has started to be felt even inside Marawi City’s most affected area (MAA) or the so-called ground zero where the Maranaws, especially those displaced by the 2017 armed conflict, are now enjoying initial fruits of the massive government-led rehabilitation.
He vowed that the rebuilding by the task force and its 56 implementing agencies in unison with partner organizations, would be completed next year.
He said as of the first week of December, the overall completion rate was pegged at about 85 percent complete with dozens of major projects already turned over and now being used, while many others are in the final stages of completion.
“I am certain that we can finish at least 95 percent of all major infra projects by June 2022, and I can assure everyone that the few remaining projects will surely be completed because they are already funded and for implementation by the concerned agencies,” he added.
The task force, along with the other government agencies, has completed a number of key projects since the construction of public facilities went on full blast in July 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Close to 5,000 transitory shelters have been completed, while over 700 permanent shelters have been finished with nearly 900 more underway, ready to accommodate Marawi City’s internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Most families of IDPs from the most affected areas are likely to start the New Year rebuilding or refurbishing their homes.