Gov’t says more than ₱50B needed to re­build Marawi

Tempo - - News - (Ge­na­lyn D. Ka­bil­ing)

The gov­ern­ment might need more than ₱50 bil­lion for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of war-rav­aged Marawi City even as it is grate­ful for the ₱2.064 bil­lion worth of for­eign re­lief as­sis­tance.

De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana said he orig­i­nally es­ti­mated ₱50 bil­lion could cover the Marawi re­build­ing ef­forts but the fig­ure might be in­suf­fi­cient due to the mas­sive de­struc­tion in the area.

“When we went there last week with the Pres­i­dent – early this week – I think ₱50 bil­lion is not enough. Tala­gang grabe ‘yung de­struc­tion,” he said dur­ing a Palace press brief­ing.

“When the fight­ing stops and we will, I will bring you there, you will see how dam­aged the area is,” the coun­try’s de­fense chief told re­porters.

He said the post-con­flict as­sess­ment group has started to visit the cleared ar­eas to re­view the dam­age so far. The group in­cludes the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways and the Philip­pine Army en­gi­neers.

Dona­tions from var­i­ous coun­tries, mean­time, con­tin­ued to pour in for the re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ef­forts in Marawi City.

The big­gest for­eign as­sis­tance came from Aus­tralia with a pledge of ₱1 bil­lion, ac­cord­ing to Loren­zana.

He said United States has of­fered ₱730 mil­lion in as­sis­tance for Marawi while Ja­pan and Thai­land of­fered ₱100 mil­lion each.

Of the ₱85 mil­lion do­nated by China, Loren­zana said Bei­jing set aside ₱70 mil­lion to help wounded troops and an­other ₱15 mil­lion for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Marawi while the Euro­pean Union has also pledged ₱49 mil­lion.

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