By APIPA P. BAGUMBARAN
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur –The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) inaugurated another four barangay complexes inside the most affected area (MAA) of the city Thursday, April 21, as part of the massive rehabilitation efforts to ensure that the only Islamic City in the country will rise better and stronger.
TFBM chief Sec. Eduardo del Rosario led the ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the newly-completed structures in barangays West Marinaut, Banggolo, Lumbaca Madaya, and Dansalan.
Aside from the usual office of barangay officials, each barangay complex is also equipped with a madrasah and health center in line with efforts to provide quality education and healthcare services to its residents.
Del Rosario said the construction of barangay complexes in the 24 barangays inside MAA is part of the Marawi rehabilitation citing the importance of good governance in spurring development in the war-torn city,
“Naka 13 na tayo [We already completed 13] and we need to construct 11 more and it is now undergoing construction in different stages of completion,” he said.
For the 72 barangays outside MAA, the TFBM chief disclosed that they have allocated P2 million each for the construction of barangay halls of which funds were already released last year for 40 barangays. This year, he said, they will be releasing the funds for the remaining 32 barangays.
The housing czar also conducted an ocular inspection at the permanent shelter site in barangay Patani which is set to be turned over to displaced families next month.
He likewise conducted progress checks on other ongoing projects in MAA such as the Peace Memorial Park, Rizal Park, School of Living Tradition, Marawi Museum, Grand Padian Market, Sarimanok Sports Stadium, and Marawi Convention Center. These structures are set to be inaugurated next month in time for the Marawi Week of Peace celebration.
Del Rosario reiterated that the majority of the Marawi rehabilitation projects will be completed by June 30 of the year. “With the budget being given to us only on a yearly basis, budget given in 2019 and 2020 will be completed definitely by June 30 but projects given in 2021 and 2022 will be completed by December 2022, but majority of the projects will be completed by June 30,” he said.
The TFBM chief capped his visit with an Iftar or breaking of fast with Marawi’s traditional leaders to show respect and solidarity with them this Ramadan month. (APB/PIA Lanao del Sur)