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Govt to turn over 500 transitional shelters in Marawi City

The government will turn over 500 transitional housing units for displaced residents in Marawi City before the end of December, according to Task Force Bangon Marawi head Eduardo del Rosario. said Friday, November 10.

“We are committing to provide 500 minimum housing units not later than December 20,” Del Rosario announced during the Bangon Marawi press briefing in Malacanang.

He said the number could even reach 600 depending on the weather condition in the war-torn Islamic city. The shelters will have water and electricity and concrete roads that will lead to the provincial capital.

“Our contractors start working as early as six in the morning so that they can maximize the time that there is no rain,” he said.

Del Rosario, the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), said the Task Force would build 1,175 temporary housing units in Barangay Sagonsongan in a bid to decongest 69 evacuation centers.

Del Rosario also said there is a total requirement of 2,747 permanent housing units to be built on a 33-hectare site. He said San Miguel Foundation led by tycoon Ramon Ang pledged to build 5,000 permanent housing units.

“The requirement is only 2,747 units as of now, but San Miguel Foundation is willing to provide even 5,000 housing units. So we inspected the place yesterday and the instruction of the SMC President Ramon Ang for his people to immediately start the construction,” he said.

Meanwhile, Del Rosario said the post-conflict needs assessment (PCNA) had been suspended because of the presence of stragglers in the battle area.

He said the PCNA must be first completed to come up with a Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP) of Marawi.  The plan will be undertaken by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA),  in coordination with other concerned agencies, the local government units, non-government organizations and civil society organizations.

“The focus of early interventions are the following: we will focus on the delivery of food, water, electricity, housing, livelihood, health services and hospital facilities that were destroyed, the classrooms, place of worship, wet and dry market and road networks,” he said.#