Marawi task force head slams rehab critics

Credit to Author: Keith Calayag| Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2020 16:20:28 +0000

Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairman Secretary Eduardo del Rosario again hit detractors of Marawi City’s rehabilitation project, who claim there is no significant development in rebuilding the war-battered city over the last three years.

In his speech during the “kandori” or thanksgiving rites organized by the Marawi local government unit, del Rosario said critics will always see the negative.

“Ang kanilang (detractors) mga sinasabi since day one ay pare-parehas pa rin. Kasi sa kanilang pananaw, walang nangyayari sa rehabilitation. Ay napaka-imposible po yata na i-accept ‘yan (What the detractors have been saying since day 1 has not changed. For them, there is no progress with the rehabilitation),” he said.

He said that even if he were to bring the critics to see reconstruction efforts in the most affected area, they will never be satisfied.

Del Rosario said the rehabilitation efforts were very systematic and based on a master plan to avoid accidents and conflicts.

He thanked the Marawi Sultanate League headed by Chairman Nasser Sampaco, local leaders as well as civil organizations for backing the task force.

“Well-meaning traditional, institutional and civil society leaders are the best barometer of real progress and accomplishments of TFBM on the ground and not the vested interest groups who oppose everything that government does,” the official said.

The local leaders gave del Rosario a kandori, a thanksgiving and congratulatory Maranaw tradition after his confirmation as the first head of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development by the Commission on Appointments.

Last October, the Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch and the Moro Consensus Group decried the slow reconstruction of Marawi.

They said there is no Marawi liberation to speak of as thousands of residents remain in temporary shelters and are yet to be compensated for their properties damaged or destroyed during the bitter battle between state forces and Islamic State-inspired Maute.

Del Rosario earlier said the rehabilitation of Marawi was on track and would be completed by December 2021, before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends.

The task force has completed the construction of the city’s maritime outpost of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and rebuilt the Banggolo and Mapandi bridges, according to del Rosario.