ARMM to survey lands in besieged city of Marawi

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - News - (Bureau of Public Information)

MARAWI CITY – As part of Task Force Bangon Marawi’s (TFBM) recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation program, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, through its Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-ARMM), will survey the lands in Marawi City in line with the establishment of additional temporary and permanent shelters.

During TFBM’S recent meeting with regional, provincial and national government officials in Marawi, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman committed to help the task force in conducting a comprehensive survey of lands in Marawi City to determine the political boundaries of local government units and the properties of private owners. “We assure help in the land surveys in Marawi for the fast set up of the shelters,” Gov. Hataman said. “This is also the ARMM’S counterpart for the rehabilitation program in the sub-cluster on housing,” he said.

Following the creation of Task Force Bangon Marawi by President Rodrigo Duterte, Governor Hataman established an internal task force to ensure proper coordination and implementation of programs and projects in Marawi City when the current crisis is over. Official data from the DENR-ARMM showed Marawi has a total land area of 8,407 hectares.

TFBM executive director and concurrent National Defense Undersecretary Cesaryano said the local government of Marawi City must submit immediately the list of families who want to stay in permanent homes and those who prefer to stay in temporary shelters while the recovery and rehabilitation of the city are ongoing.

“As soon as possible, we need to have a location for temporary and permanent shelters for displaced residents in Marawi City,” Undersectary Yano said.

Eduardo del Rosario, Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, said the government will provide shelter units that are culturally and socially acceptable. “Para po sa temporary at permanent shelters, uunahin po natin yung mga residenteng walang bahay, walang lupa, yung wala talagang mauuwian,” Chairman Del Rosario said. “We will develop a township with social services, schools, health centers, and mosques,” he said.

After the TFBM meeting, the national, regional and local officials visited the 11hectare temporary transitional shelters in Barangay Sagonsongan that will serve as a temporary resettlement for displaced residents of Marawi. The shelter units, to be completed within a month, would accommodate at least 1,200 families.

“The main purpose of building transition shelters is to de-congest evacuation centers and to provide them with more conducive areas,” Gov. Hataman said, adding, the township will have a madrasah, kitchen area and wash room in houses, market, mosque, water supply, and a multi-purpose hall. The construction of the temporary shelters is part of the task force’s recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation program for the city.

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