Lawmaker seeks P10-B budget for Marawi rehab


A lawmaker is proposing a P10-billion supplemental budget to rebuild Marawi City, which has been left in shambles by the terrorist Maute group.

Smoke rises after aerial bombings by Philippine Air Force planes on Islamist militant positions in Marawi.AFP Photo

Rep. Harry Roque of Kabayan party-list made the proposal under House Bill 5874, or the “Tindeg Marawi Bill.”
Under Roque’s bill, the P10-billion extra budget will be given to the Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the National Housing Authority (NHA) within a year after the law takes effect.

The fund will be used for humanitarian assistance to victims of the siege of Marawi City and the rehabilitation of destroyed infrastructure, properties, and businesses.

The amount will be distributed equally by the Department of Budget and Management to the DND, DepEd, DPWH, DSWD and NHA.

“While many efforts have been successful in properly evacuating innocent civilians from the zone of conflict, the government must plan and appropriate funds towards the rehabilitation of Marawi City and the restoration of peace and order within the area,” Roque said in his explanatory note.

“As such, the purpose of this bill is to expedite Marawi’s recovery from the ruins of war,” he added.


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