Hous­ing czar named head of Marawi re­hab task force

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte tapped hous­ing czar Ed­uardo Del Rosario as head of the Task Force Ban­gon Marawi, the body in charge of the re­cov­ery, re­con­struc­tion, and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Marawi City.

Duterte is­sued Or­der (AO) 9 chang­ing the com­po­si­tion of the . task force, which was pre­vi­ously headed by De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana.

Lorenza and Public Works Sec­re­tary Mark Vil­lar join Del Rosario, con­cur­rent head of the Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil, as deputy chairs of the in­ter­a­gency task force.

Duterte also or­dered that the Task Force Ban­gon Marawi sub­com­mit­tee on hous­ing would now be headed by Del Rosario while the sub­com­mit­tee on se­cu­rity, peace, and or­der would be co-headed by Loren­zana and Vil­lar.

AO 9, which was signed by the Pres­i­dent and Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Sal­vador Me­di­aldea on Oc­to­ber 27, amends AO 3 that was signed on June 28.

The task force was tasked to im­ple­ment a com­pre­hen­sive and in­te­grated re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram for the strife-torn Marawi City.

AO 9 was is­sued weeks af­ter Duterte an­nounced the lib­er­a­tion of the be­sieged city from the hands of Is­lamic State-backed Maute ter­ror­ists.

Maute fight­ers, along with other for­eign ex­trem­ists, laid siege to Marawi City on May 23 with a goal to es­tab­lish caliphate for IS group in the South­east Asia.

Nearly five months af­ter they stormed the south­ern city, the se­cu­rity troops killed ter­ror lead­ers Is­nilon Hapi­lon and Omar Maute in an en­counter on Oc­to­ber 16.

On Oc­to­ber 17, Duterte said Marawi has of­fi­cially been lib­er­ated, which sig­naled the start of re­con­struc­tion phase.

Duterte stressed the need to cre­ate an in­ter-agency task force now that the long bat­tle that dev­as­tated build­ings and homes in the be­lea­guered city had ended.

"There is a need to re-or­ga­nize Task Force Ban­gon Marawi, in or­der to re­flect the gov­ern­ment's cur­rent pri­or­ity to re­build and de­velop the set­tle­ment ar­eas af­fected by the armed con­flict," the Pres­i­dent said.

( Ruth Abbey Gita/SunS­tar Philip­pines)

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