Groundbreaking of Marawi rehab pushed to late August

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 12 2018 05:41 PM | Updated as of Jul 12 2018 06:27 PM

MANILA - The task force leading the rehabilitation efforts in war-torn Marawi said it will begin the reconstruction of the city's most affected areas late August, a month late from its initial July target.

But Housing chief Eduardo del Rosario, head of the Task Force Bangon Marawi, assured that the changes in schedule will not delay their target project completion in the last quarter of 2021. 

The groundbreaking of the most affected areas located in Marawi's 250-hectare town center was delayed after talks with developer Bangon Marawi Consortium on the rehab plan failed.

Task Force Secretary-General Falconi Millar said the Chinese-led consortium failed to satisfy the financial, technical and legal requirements.

Milar added that some of the documents of the consortium were not consularized nor translated to English, giving them a hard time reviewing its content. 

Marcelino Escalada Jr. general manager of the National Housing Authority, earlier said the task force began talks with Chinese firm POWERCHINA regarding the rehabilitation of Marawi. 

Marawi's town center was reduced to ruins after 5 months of firefights and bombings between the Islamic State-inspired Maute group and government troops.

Thousands of Maranaos who lived in the most affected areas continue to stay in evacuation areas and temporary shelters in the country's lone Islamic City.

--report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News