Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ongoing firefight complicates efforts to rebuild Marawi City

From the Mindanao Times (Jul 19): Ongoing firefight complicates efforts to rebuild Marawi City

RECOVERY efforts in Marawi City are still hampered by the ongoing siege, according to an official who was on the ground this week.
Department of Health Assistant Secretary Abdullah Dumama, Jr., in a telephone interview, said that a stray bullet landed on the grounds of the provincial capitol of Marawi City during a meeting held Monday afternoon.

The bullet hit the grounds of the capitol around 1 to 2 p.m., Monday.

“We could hear the gunshots, and we heard about the stray bullet,” Dumama said.

Dumama was one of the incident commanders deployed to the area to handle the health needs of the evacuees, as well as the logistics needed by medical responders in the area.

Task Force Bangon Marawi held its initial talks earlier this week, ahead of the government’s plan to rebuild Marawi as soon as possible.

Just last Monday, the Amai Pakpak Hospital in the area was barely after a fire raged a couple of blocks away at the major hospital. “Good thing it rained,” Dumama said.

There were also firetrucks that responded to the fire.

According to Dumama, the task force has suggested the inclusion of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as among the lead agencies to implement the President’s directive to rebuild Marawi.

The push, instead of a build-back-better scheme similar to Tacloban City after the storm surge, is now a “build better now,” which combines immediate action with improved facilities.

Earlier this week, DOH Sec. Paulyn Jean Ubial said there have been at least 40 deaths that occurred in different medical facilities in Marawi, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City, as the siege approaches its second month alongside the declaration of Martial Law in the entire Mindanao.

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