COTABATO CITY (MindaNews)–A national government fund intended for the rehabilitation of areas affected by the No-vember 2013 super typhoon Yolanda will be diverted for rehabilitation of Marawi, Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao told a press conference Friday.
Hataman said the amount will be used for transitional shelter for Marawi residents displaced by the war “and other in-frastructure prospects” with the help of ARMM’s Public Works and High-ways department.
Defense Undersecre-tary Delfin Lorenza on September 28 told a media seminar on disaster risk reduction and management in Subic, Zambales that the rehabilitation of Marawi City will be partly funded by the money allocated for Yolanda rehabilitation efforts.
He said Budget Sec-retary Benjamin Diokno allocated P5 billion to build temporary shelters, among other priority projects.
Lorenzana in early September told the Senate Special Committee on Marawi City Rehabiilitation that at least P50 billion is needed to fund the rehabi-litation of the country’s lone Islamic City.
“Ballpark figure ko lang ‘yung P50 billion. It will cover everything… structure of buildings, either public or prviate,” Loren-zana was quoted by GMA News Online.
“Everything na, infras-tructure, roads, bridges, public buildings, plus mga private properties na, if we are going to rebuild private properties,” he added.
Lorenzana, chair of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Manage-ment Council and concur-rent chair of the Task Force Bangon Marawi, an interagency body man-dated by President Rodrigo Duterte to take charge of the rehabilitation work in Marawi City, said it will take at least three years, depending on the availabi-lity of funds. “Kung mag-tuloy-tuloy…at kung may pera tayo at resources. Kung matigil tayo, eh ‘di matatagalan” (GMA News Online quoted him as saying.
Hataman also an-nounced the plan of San Miguel Corporation to construct 1,000 subdivision-type temporary shelters and the PAG-IBIG housing project loan for Mindanao State University and go-vernment employees of the city.
The Marawi crisis entered Day 138 on Satur-day.
ARMM has spent around P110 million from this year’s calamity fund, frontlining the ARMM-HEART (Humanitarian Emergency Action Res-ponse Team), the huma-nitarian wing of the region which immediately res-ponded to the needs of residents displaced by the war. Ferdinandh B. Cabrera/MindaNews