More funds for Marawi rehab

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

To hasten the rehabilitation and recovery of Marawi City, which just recently was liberated from terrorist control, Malacanang has approved the proposal to augment the rehabilitation funds of Marawi by P14.58 billion, coming from the 2016 and 2017 savings of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

 

At the same time the Palace approved the reorganization of Task Force Bangon Marawi last October 30.

 

The fund augmentation is intended to hasten the rehabilitation of the city, which was heavily destroyed by the six months fighting between government troops and ISIS-led Maute Group to gain control of the city and make it into a caliphate of this extremist-terrorist group.

 

The funds will come mainly from the savings incurred by DPWH amounting to P10.3 billion in 2016 a nd P4.2 billion in 2017.

 

 Agencies are now expected to submit their respective Budget Execution Documents (BEDs) to support the release of such funds, especially for the budgetary requirements for Pre-Post Conflict Needs Assessment (Pre-PCNA) that includes housing, health and social welfare, business and livelihood, peace and order, and information management and strategic communications support.

      

Around P495 million will be sourced from the Quick Response Fund (QRF) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Health (DOH), and the Department of National Defense (DND) has already been spent for evacuation and relief of internally-displaced families and persons.

 

Furthermore, a total of P3 Billion has been released to DSWD to cover the funding for continuing relief, like food assistance, provision of hygiene kits, kitchen kits, family kits, sleeping kits, and collapsible water carriers. This amount would also cover DSWD’s budgetary requirements for a cash-for-work program, enlisting residents in reconstruction/rehabilitation community works and project management/ operational support.

 

P195 Million has also been released to DPWH to cover funding for quick response, transitional shelter, and various evacuation centers in Marawi City.

  

Reorganization

        

Following Administrative Order No. 9, the leadership of the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) has also been transferred to the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), in order to address the urban planning requirements of the newly- liberated city.

 

Previously, the DND had the lead oversight in the planning and proceedings for the city’s reconstruction and rehabilitation while the fighting ensued. Marawi City has been liberated from the control of ISIS-backed terrorist groups on October 17, 2017, thereby indicating the start of a thorough reconstruction period. As such, the need to re-organize TFBM was borne to reflect the government’s current priority to rebuild and develop the settlement areas that were affected by the attacks.

 

 

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