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Palace vows fast action in Marawi ‘culture and religious sensitive’ rehab efforts

Malacañang assured on Friday, May 24, the public that the government is acting fast on its efforts to completely rehabilitate and reconstruct Marawi City and that the rehabilitation initiatives will be attuned to the culture and religious sensitivities of the affected communities.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing, that there were dialogues conducted by the Task Force Marawi who gave assurance that the rehabilitation efforts will consider the culture and religious sensitivities of the residents of Marawi and other affected communities.

Roque is hopeful that the occupants of 67 evacuation centers in Northern Mindanao and parts of Lanao del Sur will be allowed to return home soon.

He added that there was a total of 77,700 individuals or 10,835 families who were also allowed to return to the most affected area (MAA).

The cabinet secretary also clarified that there is a master plan for the complete rehabilitation of the war-torn Islamic city.

“The Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (BMCRRP) is targeted for approval by the Cabinet this June,” he said.

Roque added that under the said initiative, 892 short- and medium-term programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) will be implemented by different government agencies for the reconstruction and development Marawi city and all localities affected by the siege.

He said the estimated budget of 53.4 billion pesos will focus on rebuilding physical infrastructure, housing, livelihood assistance, and in local governance and peacebuilding.

Roque also announced that there will be groundbreaking ceremony to be conducted by June that will signal the start of a full-scale reconstruction of the mostly affected areas.

He further said that the DSWD will be providing food packs, kitchen utensils, and hygiene kits to those who will return while the LGUs of Lanao del Sur and Norte and the City Government of Marawi are also providing Ramadhan food packs.