CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY- Government officials and stakeholders on Saturday established a coordinating body for aid and rebuilding efforts in conflict-stricken Marawi City.
The organization is expected to monitor and coordinate government and international aid sent to Marawi, said Amanodin Esmail, lead convenor of the International Conference on Marawi Post-Conflict Reconstruction held here.
At the conference, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana assured participants that the government is preparing for reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts with an initial fund of P20 billion.
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno previously said that part of the P20-billion fund would be sourced from the budget of slow-moving projects from different government agencies.
He added that the government has already devised a mechanism to fast-track the delivery of relief supplies to victims of the conflict between government forces and ISIS-inspired extremists.
Also discussed during the conference were plans for coordination between private groups and government agencies in rebuilding the besieged city.
Clashes in Marawi City have been going on for more than two months, leaving more than 600 dead, mostly terror suspects.
It has also left much of the once bustling urban center in ruins, displacing more than 200,000 residents from the city and thousands more from nearby towns.