'Modernized Marawi' to rise from ruins, says rebuilding chief


Posted at Nov 08 2017 12:26 PM

MANILA - A "modernized" Marawi City will emerge from 5 months of conflict, as the government prepared to deploy billions of pesos to rebuild it, the head of the rehabilitation effort said Wednesday.

Marawi was liberated from Islamic State-inspired extremists in late October after clashes there left 1,100 terror suspects, soldiers and civilians killed. The violence also prompted the declaration of martial law in the entire Mindanao.

"We may flatten everything, put up a site development plan and at the end of the day, we can say this is a new Marawi City that we can be proud of," Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairman Eduardo del Rosario on ANC’s Headstart.

"Modernized Marawi, that is our dream and we are waiting for big companies to give us their unsolicited proposals, a site development proposal of everything in that ground zero," he said.

Over a thousand transitional shelters are expected to be completed by the first quarter of next year, with up to 600 to be delivered as early as December, he said.

The local government of Marawi City has set aside a 13-hectare property inside a military reservation for the transitional shelters that residents can stay in for 2 to 3 years, he said.

Each 22-square meter unit will have its own toilet and bath, water and electricity. These will be contained in a community with paved roads, he said.

Construction materials that will be used are rated to withstand a magnitude 7 earthquake or very strong wind, he said.

The government will provide P210,000 assistance to residents who doesn't want to be relocated but just want to rebuild their destroyed homes, he said.