Monday, August 21, 2017

TFBM member-agencies to fast track Marawi recovery

From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 21): TFBM member-agencies to fast track Marawi recovery

Iligan City - To harmonize all the efforts of the member-agencies of Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), a meeting was held here on Friday, Aug. 18, to discuss the status of the projects implemented by the different agencies to help Marawi City rise from the rubbles following the attack of IS-linked Maute group last May 23.

Key officials from the national government agencies (NGAs), Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and the local government units (LGUs) of Lanao del Sur, Marawi City and Iligan City came to participate in the said meeting.

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gamdamra bared that the 11 hectare-lot, where the 7,692 units of temporary shelters for internally displaced persons (IDPs) will be built, is now ready.

The National Housing Authority (NHA), on the other hand, has targeted to start the construction of the temporary shelters for the IDPs on Sept. 8 while Undersecretary Cariza Sequerra, chairperson of the National Youth Commission (NYC), recommended that elementary and secondary schools be established in the relocation sites.

In the same meeting, it was learned that the Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City would officially open its classes for this school year on Aug. 22. With this, Undersecretary Austere Panadero of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has assured that the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the military look after the safety of the students and teachers of the university.

Moreover, Undersecretary Hope Hervilla of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported that the DSWD personnel have continued attending to all IDPs both at the evacuation centers and home-based.

Statistics based on the Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC) issued by the DSWD showed that the Marawi siege had affected 78,466 families, 51 percent of these sought refuge in region 10 and 45 percent in ARMM. The rest went to regions 6,7,9, 11, 12 and CARAGA.

Defense Undersecretary Cesar B. Yano, TFBM executive director, presided over the meeting with Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Bombit Alonto Adiong, Marawi City Mayor Majul Gamdamra as well as representatives from DILG, NHA, NYC, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Housing and Urban Coordinating Council (HUDCC), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Philippine Army (PA) and other member-agencies of TFBM’s seven sub-committees on reconstruction, housing, health and social services, business and livelihood, peace and order, information management and strategic communications, and finance and resource mobilization support group.

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