by Claire R. Gigje
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)–To finally complete the permanent housing project of the government that currently houses families displaced by the firefight in 2017, the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) together with the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the city government here broke ground to officially commence the foundation of 18 community facilities in Pamayandeg sa Ranao Residences at Dansalan (PRRD) Village that rests both in Barangays Kilala and Mipantao Gadongan, here.
Among the structures that will soon rise are one unit each of the livelihood center and wet and dry market, and two units each of elementary and secondary school buildings, health centers, multi-purpose covered courts, police outposts, daycare centers, transport terminals, and material recovery facilities.
NHA-9 and BARMM Regional Manager and Marawi Satellite Office Head Engr. Al-Khwarizmi Indanan said this undertaking costs P197 million and would benefit at least 1,500 families living in the said village, and other nearby barangays.
He said this would be done with the city government’s help and based on the goal of the TFBM, which is to make Marawi a better place.
Accordingly, of the 18 facilities to be built in PRRD Village, the school buildings would take a longer time to construct. But, the implementing agency hoped to finish these structures within 360 days.
Indanan is positive that once the project is completed, displaced families who are residing in the area will feel that they will eventually have a more livable and better community.He emphasized that this meant that basic services would already be easier to get, since other government agencies could use these buildings for their own work.
Indanan also underscored that, alongside this initiative, is the manifestation of their readiness to render all the necessary services that they can deliver.
He encouraged the internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have concerns to not hesitate in approaching their office.
“Nandito pa ang National Housing Authority, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, and Task Force Bangon Marawi na patuloy na naninilbihan in order to provide kung ano pa ang inyong kakailanganin,” said Indanan.
(The National Housing Authority, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, and Task Force Bangon Marawi are here to continuously serve and provide whatever is needed)
Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Assistant Secretary in Charge for TFBM Melissa Aradanas, on the other hand, underlined that the construction of 18 community facilities in PRRD Village is still part of the originally approved projects of the TFBM from prior years.
She said that this was just recently enforced because of the transition from one administration to another.
Aradanas assured that this would be continuous, and she also encouraged the IDPs not to worry because the government is doing its best to cope with the matters that need to be addressed.
“Katuwang natin dito ang NHA sa proyektong ito na bahagi ng mandato ng pamahalaan na muling itaguyod at mapanumbalik ang dating sigla ng ekonomiya ng Marawi, maging ang pagbabalik sa normal na buhay ng mga residente dito,” she said.
(The NHA is our partner in this project, which is part of the mandate of the government to respond and bring back the robust economy of Marawi as well as the restoration of the normal lives of residents here.) (CRG/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)