TF Bangon Marawi commits to rebuild 31 mosques in ground zero

Cotabato City– Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) is committed to rebuilding the 31 mosques within the Islamic City’s most affected area (MAA) or ground zero, said a report by Manila Bulletin (MB) on July 18.
The May 23, 2017 invasion by gunmen waving the black flag of the Islamic State group sparked a five-month battle that shattered swathes of the southern city. (Ron Lopez / AFPTV / AFP/ File photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

In his recent visit to the Islamic City of Marawi, TFBM Chairman Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario, who also heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) announced this new development, saying that the order came from no less than President Rodrigo Duterte. 

“That is the order of our beloved President Rodrigo Duterte and that will be done,” Del Rosario said. During his visit, he met with Marawi City clans serving as administrators of the two biggest mosques in the city, namely, the Dansalan Bato Ali Mosque and the Grand Mosque.

“We already have an inventory which of these sites that need total reconstruction and those that require retrofitting and repairs,” he added.
Sultan Nasser Sampaco, chairman of the Marawi Sultanate League composed of 23 clans serving as administrators of the Dansalan Bato Ali Mosque, already agreed with the TFBM for the demolition and rebuilding of the historic religious site.

An allotment of P105 million has been earmarked for the reconstruction of the mosque. 

Del Rosario on Wednesday also met with the Pangarungan clan who are the administrators of the Grand Mosque, and offered P135 million for its massive repair, the MB report said.

Both Islamic religious sites were damaged by the five-month siege laid by the Daesh-inspired Maute terrorist ground in 2017. The conflict ended in the killing of more than 1,000 terrorists, government troops and civilians.

 Del Rosario also said the government gives primary importance to reconstructing the mosques as ordered by our President.”

 The TFBM chief reiterated that the massive rehabilitation effort is on track and will be finished as scheduled by December 2021, the MB report said.