IN a bid to expedite the Marawi rehabilitation, two Mindanaoan solons called on all civil society organizations to speak as one to make a meaningful impact with the rehabilitation efforts.
Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman and Anakmindanao Rep. Amihilda Sangcopan are among those advocating for the swift and speedy recovery of the city, which was destroyed by war when the Maute Group besieged the area.
“Napakaraming well-meaning groups supporting Marawi. And although maganda ang bawat hangarin nila, kalat-kalat ang mga boses at nawawala sa ingay ng lahat. We need ONE strong, loud voice for Marawi, and we should start organizing everyone for this effort,” Hataman, representative of the lone district of Basilan, said.
“Kapag iisa ang boses natin, kasama na kaming nasa Kongreso at gobyerno, mas madami ang magagawa natin, mas malaki ang impact natin at mas meaningful ang pag-uusap para sa mga taong nasalanta ng giyera sa Marawi,” he added.
Hataman and Sangcopan met with leaders of Marawi CSOs last August 20, along with Deputy Minority leader Kit Belmonte.
The CSOs present included the Sultanate of Marawi City, InciteGOV, United Mothers of Marawi Inc. UMMI, Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao (IPDM), MSU Marawi, United Imams of the Philippines Foundation Inc., Ansano Law Firm of the Development Assistance Team, Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) - Rawaten Inc., Moro Caucus Group (MCG), Siyap Ko Pagtan and the Al Mujadilah Women’s Association (AMWA), among others.
“Kami po dito sa Kongreso, we will also work to achieve a united front for Marawi, along with other representatives not only from BARMM or Mindanao, but the whole country as well. Nag-file na kami ni Rep. Sangcopan , pati sila Lanao del Sur Reps. Ansaruddin Adiong at Yasser Alonto-Balindong ng compensation bill para sa mga naapektuhan ng Marawi siege,” Hataman promised.
Hataman vowed to ask the help of senators, who are close to Mindanao, like Senator Migz Zubiri, Sonny Angara, Bong Go, Joel Villanueva and Koko Pimentel.