Integrate historical, cultural factors in rebuilding Marawi

IN REBUILDING Marawi City, an official of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said there is a need to factor in the historical and cultural dimension of the city.

 “It will be a perfect opportunity to integrate historical and cultural dimension when implementing the rehabilitation,” said MinDA Assistant Secretary Romeo Montenegro, adding that there is a plan to tap National Historical Institute and volunteer architects.

 “This is essentially to bring back the glory of Marawi,” Montenegro said.

 The rehabilitation, he said, will soon start once the military provided the signal that the area is cleared and secured.

 The administration earlier reported that it will allocate P20 billion for the rehabilitation of the city. In line with this, President Rodrigo Duterte created an inter-agency group, Task Force Bangon Marawi.

 The task force, chaired by National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, was created through Administrative Order (AO) No. 3, which was inked by President Duterte on June 28.

 Under the AO No. 3, “the loss of lives and widespread require a unified and comprehensive effort on the part of the national government to rehabilitate the city of Marawi and other affected localities.”

 Montenegro said the task force has now staged clustered meetings to ensure that the programs and plans for the rehabilitation are all ready. He said there is also a move now to amend the provisions of Al-Amanah Bank to have easy access on Islamic finance, which would be used for rebuilding efforts.

 “This is not just about bringing back the destroyed buildings. This is about weaving back the frayed fabric in Marawi City,” Montenegro said.

 He said the Marawi crisis, which prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare Martial Law for entire Mindanao, is expected to be included in the president’s second state of the nation address on July 24.

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