Gov't allots P10B for Marawi rehabilitaion

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 10 2017 04:15 PM

MANILA - At least P10 billion will be earmarked for rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts in conflict-stricken Marawi City, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Saturday.

The executive order for the "Bangon Marawi" program, a multi-agency rehabilitation package amounting to P10 billion, will be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte for his signature, Abella said in a radio interview.

"Bangon Marawi" is expected to begin in one and two weeks, or as soon as government troops complete clearing operations in the Islamic City, Abella said.

Government troops and terrorists from the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups have been engaged in firefights since May 23. On Friday, the military said it hoped to end the crisis on Independence Day. 

Rebuilding the city is expected to be completed in at least six months, said Abella. 

"It will be undertaken by the Engineering Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Philippines... with the expressed purpose of bringing back residents and normal everyday life as soon as possible," the spokesman said.

Marawi City has been battered by the weeks-long firefights between government forces and terrorists who have used city center buildings and mosques as sniper points.

At least 1,599 civilians trapped in the war zone were rescued this week, while more than 200,000 residents have fled, many currently in evacuation centers in nearby Iligan city and other bordering towns.