Gov’t to reconstruct 31 mosques in Marawi ‘ground zero’

Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairman Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario said the government “is committed to rebuilding the 31 mosques within the Islamic City’s most affected area (MAA) or “Ground Zero.”

Del Rosario, who also heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), stressed during a recent visit to the war-torn Marawi City that the order came President Rodrigo Duterte himself.

“That is the order of our beloved President Rodrigo Duterte and that will be done,” vowed Secretary Del Rosario, who met with Marawi City clans serving as administrators of the two biggest mosques in the city, namely, the Dansalan Bato Ali Mosque and the Grand Mosque.

“We already have an inventory which of these sites that need total reconstruction and those that require retrofitting and repairs,” Del Rosario said.

Sultan Nasser Sampaco, chairman of the Marawi Sultanate League composed of 23 clans serving as administrators of the Dansalan Bato Ali Mosque, already agreed to the TFBM for the demolition and rebuilding of the historic religious site.

The TFBM has allotted P105-million for the reconstruction of the mosque.

Del Rosario recently met with the Pangarungan clan who are the administrators of the Grand Mosque and offered P135 million for its massive repair.

Based on assessments by government engineers, the Dansalan Bato Ali Mosque is already considered “structurally unsound”, thus the need to demolish the original structure and build a new and modern mosque.

The Grand Mosque could be restored by a massive retrofitting and repairs.

Both Islamic religious sites were damaged by the five-month siege laid by the Daesh-inspired Maute terrorist ground in 2017. More than 1,000 terrorists, government troops and civilians were killed during the siege.

Apart from the two mosques, four other masjids are lined up as priorities for rehabilitation.

“During our March meeting with the President, he mentioned that we give priority to the construction of the affected mosques. I am happy to announce that we got private donation for this,” Del Rosario said.

“This proves that we give primary importance to reconstructing the mosques as ordered by our President,” Del Rosario said.

Del Rosario reiterated that the massive rehabilitation effort is on track and will be finished as scheduled by December 2021.

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