TFBM still on top of Marawi rehab amid call for revamp

DEPARTMENT of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario on Friday said he respects the call for a revamp of the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) but stressed the task force remains on top of the ongoing rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City despite challenges, including the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

At the same time, Secretary Del Rosario said that the government, through the TFBM, has been extending financial and relief assistance to Marawi City residents to help them cope with the adverse effects of the national health crisis.

Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman has called for the revamp in the leadership and management of TFBM, claiming supposed slow phase of the Marawi Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (MRRRP).

“With due respect to Congressman Hataman's opinion, TFBM is on top of the Marawi rehabilitation,” said Secretary Del Rosario, who serves as the concurrent chairman of TFBM.

“In fact, during our dialogue with the President in Malacanang on March 4, 2020, we have presented the methodology involved in the rehabilitation and the challenges we are facing,” he added.

The presentation in Malacanang was attended by the local officials of Marawi, Lanao Del Sur, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, civil society organizations and with the members of the Cabinet.

“The President have told us that he will personally supervise the progress of the rehab with specific instructions to fast track the release of funds by concerned government agencies,” Secretary Del Rosario said.

He said that despite the two-month enhanced community quarantine caused by COVID-19 which stalled all the rehabilitation works in Marawi, the task force remains optimistic in completing all major projects within our self-imposed deadline.

“Despite the adverse effects of the COVID-19 in all sectors, we are confident that our rehab target completion on December 2021 is manageable, attainable,” Secretary Del Rosario stressed.

In fact, the TFBM Chairman directed all TFBM attached agencies to order their respective contractors to go full-blast on their projects starting July.