The government’s struggle against terrorist groups in Marawi City has created a trail of chaos and damaged establishments and civilian properties in the past.
Today, under the leadership of the Task Force Bangon Marawi formed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2017, the city’s rehabilitation is 70% complete. Infrastructure improvements are also expected to be completed this year.
In a statement, Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, chief of the task force leading the efforts, said their progress in the overall reconstruction is now between 70 to 75%.
“By December, (a) substantial number of projects will be completed as embodied in the master development plan,” said Del Rosario.
Early intervention activities, as well as clearing wreckage and removing munitions from the battle in 2017, took a long time, according to the secretary of state for human settlements in May.
Meanwhile, out of more than 2,000 permanent house units, an estimated 300 internally displaced persons (IDPs) who used to live near Lanao Lake have been provided with permanent housing from the government.