Saturday, June 3, 2017

3-phase recovery, rehab for Marawi

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 3): 3-phase recovery, rehab for Marawi

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has started a three-phase recovery and rehabilitation plan for Marawi City in partnership with city and provincial government of Lanao del Sur.

ARMM Regional Gov. Mujiv Hataman said this will be implemented once the conflict in Marawi is over.

Dubbed as “Unified Plan for Marawi City,” the governor said recovery and rehabilitation initiative will be linked to the existing plans of neighboring municipalities.

Hataman said the plan will be administered under the joint leadership of the ARMM’s Regional Planning and Development Office and the Marawi City government, and will employ the “Build-Better-Now” approach for better planning and urban design.

“The plan shall build on previous efforts on disaster preparedness, prevention and mitigation, and response,” Hataman said, quoting part of the unified plan.

He said it will be culture-sensitive given the context of Marawi as an Islamic city, and will consider issues on land tenure and land use. Conflict resolution processes are also embedded in the said plan.

“As we continue to deliver relief to those affected by this crisis, we also need to plan and to prepare to build the future that the people of Marawi are holding on to,” Hataman said.

"Marawi is home to our brothers and sisters in the Bangsamoro, and it is our responsibility to make sure that it continues to be home for our people. We cannot let terror drive us away from the places we have built for ourselves and our family," Hataman said without providing the project cost.

Initially, ARMM earmarked PHP170 million for emergency response to victims of Marawi hostilities.

He added that experts from the World Bank will assist in the formulation of the said plan.

The program includes Early Recovery and Reconstruction for a period of three to 12 months; Medium-term Reconstruction for 1-6 years, and Long-term Rehabilitation and Development for six years and beyond.

He said prior assessment in the area will precede program implementation.

This includes assessment on the extent of damage the crisis has caused on Maranaos, their properties and infrastructures.

Explaining the program to the details, Hataman showed a matrix of sectoral needs, based on estimated damage and losses that would be formulated to come up with the recovery and rehabilitation objectives.

The sectors that would be covered are productive services (agriculture, industry commerce and tourism); social (housing, education, cultural heritage, and health), infrastructure (electricity, water and sanitation, transport, flood control and drainage, and telecommunications), and cross-cultural (local government, social protection, financial sector and disaster risk reduction and management).

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