By ALI G. MACABALANG
Stakeholders in the campaign for rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City and the recovery of its thousands of displaced resident families have continued to air dismay over the slow implementation of enabling state interventions, notably those being mandated for the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) to lead, coordinate and harmonize.
Their demands for transparency in the expenditures of public funds and donations for rehabilitation efforts as well as criticisms on the lack of official pronouncements in true status of intervening projects and programs have remained unanswered by state authorities like the TFBM.
This writer took the cudgel to float lately in the Facebook social media the question: “Are you in favor of a popular call for reorganization of Task Force Bangon Marawi and appointment of its new chairman?” as an informal survey meant to help gather public sentiments as guide for higher authorities like Malacañang and Congress to possibly consider.
The survey question was posted in seven Facebook pages being frequented by Bangsamoro audiences including the people of Marawi City.
From the different Facebook pages, the question gathered more than 300 responses mostly asserting that a revamp on the TFBM was “long overdue.” But it also drew three replies from netizens opposed or adamant about the revamp, arguing that reorganizing the task force might even cause further delay in the snail-paced rehabilitation stride.
Some netizens even suggested the choice of DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, MinDA Chair Manny Pinol and DPWH Sec. Mark Villar in replacement of Sec. Eduardo del Rosario as TFMB chairman.
TFBM was formed weeks after the so-called “liberation of Marawi City (from presence of extremist rebels).” President Duterte named Housing and Urban Development Council Chairman Eduardo del Rosario, a former military general, to chair the multi-agency TFBM.
In the early planning works for Marawi reconstruction, the TFBM leadership had drawn criticisms from residents and stakeholders, including a key official of the DPWH due to the absence of representatives from displaced residents in the mapping of works.
In subsequent meetings, Del Rosario tangled with the officials of the Moro Consensus Group in emotional debate for his past unfulfilled promises for the homecoming of IDPs in the Most Affected Area (MAA) of Marawi City.
Issues about delays in the Marawi reconstruction and recovery of its displaced residents have resurfaced when Del Rosario encountered bypass twice in the Congressional Commission on Appointments (CA) in a bid for confirmation of his ad interim appointment as secretary of the Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development.
The first bypass was reported last March and second happened on Sept. 16.
Members of CA’s Committee on Human Settlements and Urban Development suspended Del Rosario’s confirmation hearing to make way for questions on different topics. The committee is chaired by Senator Francisco Tolentino.
Committee vice chair San Juan City Rep. Ronaldo Zamora moved for another panel hearing since “there are several members of the House contingent who still want to ask questions.”
“[Issues] involve pretty substantial issues not just on the tenure of the nominee as Task Force Bangon Marawi head but even in past incumbencies during the time of the Yolanda disaster, and of course we’d like to know exactly what his plans are in the department,” Zamora said in a published report.
“Manila, Philippines – Makalipas ang tatlong taon matapos ang madugong Marawi siege ay hindi pa rin natatapos ang mga ipinangakong proyektong imprastraktura para sa rehabilitasyon ng syudad.
Maging ang 14 na pipeline ay hindi pa nasimulan ang konstruksyon, ayon sa iprinisintang update nitong Lunes ni Housing Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, na chairman din ng Task Force Bangon Marawi.
Sa kabila nito, ani del Rosario na “maganda naman po ang development sa ating Marawi rehabilitation.”
Sa ngayon ay may lima naman na umanong proyekto ang nakukompleto kung saan ang dalawa ay matatagpuan sa less affected areas (LAA), at tatlo naman sa most affected areas (MAA).
Kabilang dito ang:
- PNP COMPAC 1
- Marawi Fire Substation
- Mapandi Bridge
- Banggolo Bridge
- Maritime Outpost
13 proyekto naman ang kasalukuyan pang binubuo:
- Transitory Shelters;
- Marawi Police Station;
- Salintubig Reservoir;
- Correctional facility;
- Transcentral roads;
- Permanent shelters;
- Pumping bridge;
- Marawi Museum;
- Four-storey school building;
- School of Living Tradition;
- Peace Memorial Park;
- Grand Padian Market; at
- 24-Barangay Complex.
14 namang proyekto ang hindi pa nasisimulan pero diin ni Del Rosario na matatapos ito hanggang Disyembre 2021:
- Tourist Police Building (November 2020)
- Multi-Modal Transport Hub (January 2021)
- Hospital with Basic Equipment (November 2020)
- Multi-Level Carpark (January 2021)
- Halal Slaughterhouse (January 2021)
- Marawi City Health Office (April 2021)
- Road Infrastructure (September 2020)
- Sewage Treatment Plant (October 2020)
- Bulk Water System (October 2020)
- Maritime Building (November 2020)
- Port Facilities (January 2021)
- 9 School Buildings (January 2021)
- Lanao Promenade (January 2021)
Tinatayang nasa P60.506 bilyon ang pondo ng Marawi rehab kung saan P47.387 billion ang sa LAA, at P13.118 para sa MAA.
Nasa P22.240 billion pa lamang ang naipalalabas — P15.522 billion sa LAA, at P6.717 billion sa MAA.”