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Completion of massive Marawi rehab urged

TASK Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairman Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario on Wednesday called on TFBM implementing agencies to “double time” and hasten their efforts to complete the massive rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City with the December deadline.

In a virtual meeting attended by key officials of the task force and the 56 implementing agencies, Secretary Del Rosario stressed the TFBM deadline of completing most, if not all, of the major projects by December 2021 as embodied in the master development plan.

During the virtual conference, representatives of member-agencies gave updates on the status of their projects, particularly those set for implementation in 2021.

Del Rosario, who also heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, instructed officials of the implementing agencies to immediately submit necessary requirements to relevant authorities such as the Office of the Civil Defense and the National Disaster Risk Reduction Coordinating Council the soonest possible time.

We are looking for a timetable for you to do the groundbreaking by end of March or early April. (By that time) we only have nine months left before our deadline of December 2021,” Del Rosario said, referring to projects whose implementation is set for this year.

So I would like to call on implementing agencies to please exercise extra effort, mag double-time na tayo because ang deadline natin na December 2021 is fast approaching,” he added.

Among the TFBM’s implementing agencies that participated in the virtual forum were the National Housing Authority, the Philippine National Police, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Education, the Department of Health, the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

The TFBM chief likewise urged implementing agencies that are facing bidding woes to act immediately to address the problem while those already in the construction phase were advised to double their efforts for them to beat the deadline.

Secretary Del Rosario suggested having a 24-hour operation and hiring of more workers so that projects meant to bring Marawi back to its former glory as promised by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will be completed the soonest possible time.

This is a commitment not only by the Task Force Bangon Marawi, but a commitment by our President, so mag-double time tayo,” Secretary Del Rosario said.

Let’s have a very focused 2021 and let us meet our said target date,” the housing czar added, commending all implementing agencies for their efforts and commitment in rehabilitating the Islamic city.