The fighting is not yet over in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur but the government under the good governance of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has already begun to draw up rehabilitation plans for the devastated city.
Malacañan said a P10-billion fund will jump-start the “Bangon Marawi” recovery program.
In Congress, House bill 5874 has been filed to set aside a P10-billion supplemental fund for a program the bill calls “Tindeg Marawi.”
As of last Wednesday, four of the 12 barangays attacked by the Maute group and its Islamic State allies from Indonesia, Malaysia, and other countries were still in enemy hands. Most of the city, which has a total of 96 barangays, was said to have been cleared, but many residents have fled to Iligan City in Lanao del Norte.
About 1,000 residents are said to be trapped in areas still controlled by the Maute. Five residents reportedly tried to make a dash for safety and freedom last Monday but were shot dead. The Islamic State released a video showing jihadists shooting six civilians.
Considering these circumstances, it is difficult to determine when all of Marawi can be cleared. President Duterte has great hopes that it will be soon but Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, chief of the Western Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said he could not give a definite date.
The fighting continues in the four Maute-held barangays, but plans for the rehabilitation of the city are already being drawn up.
Marawi is the capital not only of Lanao del Sur but also of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It is the center of Muslim culture and education in that part of the country, the site of the Mindanao State University. Many government and private buildings and homes were damaged by bombs and bullets. But the greater and more immediate need is to rehabilitate the lives of the people of Marawi.
The rehabilitation of Marawi City should show the people of the country what a capable and determined government can do.
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