Marawi rehabilitation update: TF Bangon Marawi to resolve legal issues

MARAWI CITY — The winning developer that will be tasked to undertake the physical structure rehabilitation of Marawi City will be announced after completing the negotiations, Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario, head of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and chairman of Task Force Bangon Marawi said.

The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation of Marawi City should have taken place as early as June or July but during the course of negotiations, the Bangon Marawi Consortium raised issues on legal, financial, and technical requirements. In this regard, the Selection Committee concluded that there was an unsuccessful negotiation with Bangon Marawi Consortium, Sec. Del Rosario said.

“For the past two months, the Selection Committee have been negotiating with Power China. Power China is the main contractor of the ongoing construction of 550 Mega Watts GN Power coal plant in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte,” Sec. Del Rosario said.

After all issues have been resolved, the Task Force Bangon Marawi will announce if a successful negotiation have been reached leading to the determination of the time table for ground breaking and eventual rehabilitation of the most affected areas, Sec. Del Rosario said

Sec. Del Rosario noted that a program will be launched by September 10 to allow homeowners to establish and locate the exact location and boundaries of their properties in coordination with the Department of Environment and Resources (DENR) before the demolition of debris starts.

Col. Romeo Brawner, Commander of Civil Military Operations Regiment said: “An 18-team will be formed to augment the survey with the DENR.”

Brigadier General Ramiro Rey, Joint Task Force Ranao Commander said: “The access road where civilians usually pass through in Mapandi road was temporarily closed since August 5 when a 500-pound unexploded bomb was found penetrated beneath the ground.”

“The bomb was excavated and detonated while another undetermined-sized bomb is in the process of excavation beneath the ground in Barangay Lilod by the Army Engineering Explosive Ordnance and Disposal (EOD) Team,” BGen. Rey said.

BGen. Rey said there were several unexploded bombs and Improvized Explosive Devices (IEDs) above the ground that were recovered earlier by EOD team earlier.

“No one is allowed to enter the most affected areas which composed of 24 barangays until it will be totally cleared,” BGen. Rey said.

On security issues, Col. Brawner said the establishment of a military camp in Kapantaran, Marawi City will be pushed through.

“However, we are on the process of working on the owner of the lands. In our consultation with the stakeholders earlier, majority of the stakeholders are in favor for the establishment of a military camp to secure the workforce during the rehabilitation phase,” Col. Brawner said. (Chrystal Villalobos, NoToViolence.PH)

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