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TFBM chief inspects rehab works in Marawi

TASK Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chairman, Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario yesterday flew to Marawi City for a three-day visit to personally inspect the ongoing rehabilitation works in the war-torn Islamic city.

Upon arrival, the TFBM chief, who also heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, was briefed by officials of implementing agencies.

I am here to physically assess the ongoing projects to ensure that we will complete the rehabilitation by December as embodied in our master development plan,” said Del Rosario.

Officials from the TFBM member-agencies updated the secretary on the actual status of their respective projects including the construction of road networks, Sarimanok Sports Complex, and transitory shelters being led by the National Housing Authority.

The other projects reported included the permanent housing project by the UN Habitat, rehabilitation of piers by the Philippine Ports Authority, SALINTUBIG project by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the TFBM 2020 magazine by the Philippine Information Agency.

The housing czar reiterated that the TFBM, through its 56 implementing agencies, remains on track in its timeline for the completion of all projects

All of these undertakings will be completed as I have said by December of 2021, which is in accordance with the Master Development Plan of the Rehabilitation of the Most Affected Area in Marawi,” stressed Del Rosario.

On Thursday, Del Rosario will inspect the Grand Padian Market, two school buildings, a peace memorial, and 24 barangay halls with madrasah and health center, and the refurbishments for the Grand Mosque and the Bato Mosque – two of the most iconic Islamic houses of worship under the Marawi’s Most Affected Area.

He addee that other third-priority projects will start in the first quarter of 2021.

Prior to his visit, Del Rosario called on TFBM’s implementing agencies to “double time” their efforts to meet their target completion.

We will do our best to ensure that ongoing and soon-to-be constructed infrastructure and facilities will be resilient and sustainable to storm through future challenges,” Del Rosario added.

Now considered part of the Maranao history as declared by the Marawi Sultanate League Chairman Sultan Nasser Sampaco, Del Rosario again expressed gratitude to Marawi’s local and traditional leaders for always supporting the TFBM in its endeavors.

Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra described the housing czar as a “brother and close friend,” stating that the people of Marawi will always be behind him and support him.

We are one with the Islamic community in moving forward to finally surpass the impact of the 2017 siege on the people of Marawi. Together, we can do it!” the Secretary ended.