By Franklin P. Gumapon
ILIGAN CITY/Mindanao Hour, June 20 – While the clearing operations against the Maute terror group are going on in Marawi City, a rehabilitation plan is now readied by the city government.
The rehabilitation plan of Marawi City includes prevention and mitigation measures against lawlessness coupled with peace-building efforts, Mayor Majui U. Gandamra said in an inter-agency meeting held Monday, June 19, at the Mahogany Hills in Barangay Pala-o this city.
“Given the magnitude of the damage, we will need your continued support to let Marawi City rise again better and stronger,” Mayor Gandamra appealed to the government agencies present in said meeting.
The damage wrought by the siege to properties and infrastructures has already reached more than P300 million, the mayor reported.
Gandamra also cited displacement, loss of livelihood and educational opportunities, damage to properties, health and environmental hazards, trauma, divide and renewal of mistrust as among the adverse effects of the Marawi crisis on the residents.
To date, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) has reported that 69,296 families or 338,536 persons have been displaced by the armed conflict in Marawi City. Three thousand seven hundred forty seven families or 17,724 persons are housed in 83 evacuation centers while 60,785 families with 296,972 dependents are home-based as tracked from seven regions.
In a related development, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is arriving here today, June 20, to lead the distribution of the P1,000 cash as food emergency financial assistance to families living in the evacuation centers.
According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), “the beneficiaries are those validated internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Marawi City as of June 15.” (FPGumapon)