Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito yesterday appealed to authorities to fast-track the reconstruction of war-torn Marawi City even as he welcomed the approval of nearly P10 billion fund for the purposed.
“I am appealing to the Task Force Bangon Marawi leadership, headed by Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario and the National Housing Authority, to fast track the physical development and reconstruction work in Marawi City starting with the return of the displaced residents,” Ejercito said.
Ejercito, chair of the Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement, particularly lauded the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC0Cabcom) for the approval of the fund.
NEDA has allotted P6.52 billion fund for new road and drainage projects in Marawi City which is part of the city’s Rehabilitation and Development Plan expected to be completed in 2022. Another P3.45 billion was earmarked for Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program.
The government should undertake the building of basic infrastructure.
“On behalf of the people of Marawi, I would like to thank the NEDA-ICCCabCom for this welcome development that would address the present issues that our people in the area are dealing with,” said Ejercito.
He urged the national government to extend all the necessary assistance to bring about normalcy in the war-torn city and uplift the lives of the Maranaos.
“The government should undertake the building of basic infrastructure, basic utilities and government facilities in the area,” Ejercito said.
“We should extend assistance to Marawi residents by providing them with the necessary materials and equipment to clear the debris so that they could start to build their own homes the soonest time possible,” he added.
Marawi City suffered massive destruction following last year’s five-month siege laid by Islamic State-inspired Maute terrorist group.
More than 1,000 terrorists, government troops and civilians were killed during the five-month battle that erupted 23 May and ended October 2017.