• Govt to build shelters for Marawi residents

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    THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to build temporary shelters and evacuation centers for residents of the war-torn city of Marawi once government troops end fighting with terrorists from the Islamic State-linked Maute group.

    In a statement on Saturday, acting DILG chief Catalino Cuy said the initiative would benefit Marawi residents who had lost their homes because of the armed conflict.

    The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) earlier disclosed that it had deployed military engineering units for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and rebuilding of the city.

    Cuy said the DILG had met with officials of the first district of Lanao del Sur, the AFP, and the Philippine National Police, as well as regional and field personnel of the department to discuss the plan.

    The government is identifying evacuees who will be recipients of the temporary shelters or housed in evacuation centers in Marawi to be built by the DILG.

    “[These] temporary shelters will be available for those who actually have their houses destroyed [by the conflict],” said Cuy.

    In a text message, Epimaco Densing 3rd, DILG assistant secretary for plans and programs, confirmed that the temporary shelters would be given to those evacuees with “permanently destroyed” houses.

    “As to how many, we will only be able to determine after Marawi is declared free of terrorists and the residents start to return to the city,” Densing told The Manila Times.

    The budget will be within the P20 billion announced by the Palace, he said.

    Evacuees are still housed in various evacuation camps in Iligan City and neighboring towns and cities.
    Cuy said the evacuees in Iligan City had “swelled to a massive extent,” and their transfer to shelters or evacuation centers in Marawi would be prioritized.

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