A task force created by President Rodrigo Duterte to rehabilitate, reconstruct and rebuild the besieged Marawi City is now in its post-assessment phase with concerned agencies and local government units (LGUs) and already organizing the next step after the war, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday.
According to Lorenzana, overall head of Task Force Bangon Marawi, Cesar Yano, overall ground coordinator, is
in Marawi City to confer with other government agencies and LGUs in the reconstruction phase.
The priority, he noted, is to restore infrastructure destroyed by the ongoing armed conflict between government troops and Islamic State-insipired Maute Group terrorists in Marawi.
“Once Marawi is cleared of terrorists, the evacuees will be able to return to their houses that were not damaged brought by the ongoing war,” Lorenzana said in a chance interview after a National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council awarding ceremonies in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
As part of the post-assessment phase, the Department of Trade and Industry will be initiating “rolling stores” where evacuees would be able to buy supplies.
The Office of the Cabinet Secretary will be building temporary houses for residents affected by the conflict.
“The residents will be staying [in the temporary shelters]while we are repairing the central business district and will look into the possibility of repairing their houses and if that’s not [possible], we will be building new houses for them,” Lorenzana said.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines earlier deployed an engineering battalion to start the rebuilding phase of the war-torn city with the help of other concerned agencies including the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
According to Lorenzana, the DPWH will repair damaged roads once Marawi is cleared of Maute Group terrorists.