Villar eyes prefab housing for Marawi rehab


Posted at Jul 17 2017 12:37 PM | Updated as of Jul 17 2017 12:56 PM

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The Department of Public Works and Highways on Monday said it is eyeing the construction of prefabricated housing to speed up the rehabilitation of Marawi City following the attack of extremists.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said one major issue after the Typhoon Yolanda crisis that he is seeking to avoid in Marawi is a housing shortage.

"There are already prefabricated housing that can be built in 10 days. Instead of using tents, which given our climate and these are really not sturdy," he told ANC's Headstart.

"It is a structure that is up to international standard."

Villar said DPWH is also working on a long-term plan for the complete rehabilitation of Marawi City.

"When we rebuild it, it will be a symbol also of the strength of the Marawi people...I think the people of Marawi deserve no less than the best effort," he said.

Fighters from the Maute group and others loyal to Islamic State have been holed up in the commercial district of the town through more than 50 days of air strikes, artillery bombardments and fierce street clashes with troops.

ANC, July 17, 2017