Housing czar Eduardo del Rosario and Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra have agreed to expedite the release of building permits to about 1,500 applicants, mostly families of internally displaced persons (IDPs), and allow them to rebuild or repair their homes in the city in 2022.
“Basically, the documentation has already been completed. We are just waiting for the go signal from the office of the building official,” Del Rosario said.
He cited the meticulous process the local government unit is observing to ensure safety and establish legal ownership of properties to avoid future dispute.
“Hopefully by the third week of December, this can be cleared already. And we expect that by January, we can expect that hundreds or even a thousand can already start the construction or repair of their houses,” he said.
Del Rosario is the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development secretary and Task Force Bangon Marawi chairperson.
Out of the more than 2,200 who applied for building permits, 300 plus are now repairing their houses, while 1,500 are awaiting go signal from the local government, he said.
“Basically, their applications are already complete and the LGU is ready to release the building permits pending final inspection and assessment to determine the structural integrity of the structures,” he noted.
Del Rosario and Gandamra created several teams to conduct simultaneous final assessment and inspection of the subject structures in Sectors 4 to 7 to allow the IDPs to start rebuilding their homes.
TFBM has allowed the return of IDPs from Sectors 1 to 3 – composed of three barangays out of the 24 situated inside MAA or the ground zero.
Del Rosario said he is optimistic that all projects within the Marawi City’s rehabilitation plan in Lanao del Sur would be completed despite numerous challenges, particularly the weather condition.
He said the ongoing massive rebuilding work is expected to be completed at least 95 percent by June 2022.
“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 being implemented by the concerned agencies,” he cited.