Palace explains absence; Marawi rehab project breaks ground without Duterte
After months of delays, the Marawi rehabilitation project broke ground on Tuesday as government planners
aim to rebuild the city’s former battle zone before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term in June 2022.
Led by the inter-agency Task Force Bangon Marawi, the groundbreaking ceremony was held at the former site
of the city’s Rizal Park, where officials including task force chairperson and Housing Secretary Eduardo del Rosario
buried a time capsule to signify the beginning of the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the most affected area.
Conspicuously absent at the event Duterte himself, who had invited by the task force to the ceremony.
The event had rescheduled from October 17, the first anniversary of the liberation of the city from terrorist influence, so that the President could attend it.
Duterte’s spokesperson, Salvador Panelo, said the President “would personally like to join our countrymen and
witness this historic occasion, but he has to attend to equally important issues and affairs of the nation.”
The Palace did not release to the media an official schedule of Duterte’s activities for Tuesday. His next public appearance
will on Wednesday, when he set to lead the distribution of land titles to agrarian reform beneficiaries in Cagayan de Oro City.
Creating and executing a thorough restoration
According to Panelo, the groundbreaking ceremony “greeted with much enthusiasm, hope and joy” by the residents
including internally displaced persons (IDPs) and ulamas, as well as civil society organizations and concerned local government units.
Panelo said Duterte recognized the Task Force Bangon Marawi for creating and executing a thorough restoration and recuperation program, in conference with Muslim pioneers, “towards the remaking of a tranquil and prosperous Islamic city of Marawi that we as a whole yearn.”
The momentous for the Marawi recovery initially planned for June yet had moved a couple of times because of proceeded with deferrals in choosing a private engineer for the task making the progress zero that straddles 24 out of the 96 barangays.
The team presently consulting with Power Construction Corporation of China or PowerChina for the recovery of the most influenced region, which leveled amid the five-month fight between government troops and ISIS-enlivened Maute revolts a year ago.
The expense of revamping the 250-hectare territory is presently pegged between P15 billion-P16 billion.
The administration hopes to finish the recovery and remaking of the most influenced territory by final quarter of 2021.