TFBM optimistic to beat 2021 deadline for Marawi rehab

MARAWI CITY, Feb. 14 (PIA) - Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) is optimistic that the massive reconstruction of war-torn Marawi City will be completed within the target deadline of December 2021. 

"While the pandemic has stopped rehabilitation for some months, we believe we can make up for the lost time," said TFBM Field Office manager Asec. Felix Castro Jr. in an online forum dubbed Reporting Mindanao |‘COVID, Conflicts and the Peace Process: Focus on Marawi. 

He said contractors were already instructed to double their efforts for them to beat the deadline. 

Although the rehabilitation effort was put on hold and the focus was shifted to the COVID-19 response for residents, Castro said TFBM staff continued working in coordination with the local Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. 

"Rehabilitation works slowly resumed by May and June. By July, most construction works continue. Work on the Padian market resumed as well as the construction of barangay complexes, two school buildings, a fire station, museum, and school of living tradition. Roads inside the MAA are being cemented, electrification and water system has been started. Works are now in full blast," he added.

Castro said TFBM chairperson Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario has been visiting the city to check on the progress of the rehabilitation.

Last month, Del Rosario inspected the ongoing works on major infrastructure projects including the rehabilitation of Grand Mosque, Bato Mosque, and White Mosque inside the city's most affected area to ensure that it will be completed by December 2021.

The TFBM chief also spearheaded the groundbreaking rites for the construction of Marawi Cooperative Livelihood Training Center, reconstruction of the Bubong Lilod Madaya Mosque, and launching of the Bangsamoro government's housing project for internally displaced families. He also met with representatives of civil society organizations based in Lanao del Sur to partner with them in closely monitoring the rehabilitation efforts. (APB/PIA ICIC)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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