Prioritize road, hospital construction, Task Force Bangon Marawi urged

Published January 15, 2019, 5:47 PM

by Dhel Nazario, Jeffrey G. Damicog, and Rey G. Panaligan

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

Lawmakers on Tuesday urged Task Force Bangon Marawi (TBFM) to prioritize the construction of hospitals and roads in Marawi City, and ensure that the rehabilitation of the battle-scarred city will be completed by December, 2021.

Anak Mindanao party-list Rep. Makmod Mending Jr., chairman of the Sub-Committee on Marawi Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, and Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman, chairperson of the House Committee on Disaster Management, made the call at Tuesday’s hearing on the status of the rehabilitation of Marawi City.

Mending questioned the TBFM why the road infrastructure was made as “second priority” of the task force in terms of project timeline.

Housing and Urban Development and Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Assistant Secretary Renato Bartolo Jr. presented to the subpanel the TBFM’s Master Development Plan for Marawi.

He said included in the first priority projects of the TBFM are Debris Management with a funding of P2.3 billion; Master Development Plan with Feasibility Study,P20 million; Sewerage Treatment Plant, P650 million; Port Facilities,P 119.854 million; Wharves Recovery, P567.36 million; Land Acquisition, P400 million; Sanitary Land Fill with no proposed funding; Grand Padian Central Market,P443.250 million; Barangay Complex with Health Center and Madrasah, P407.724 million; and School Building, P1.144 billion.

While, the second priority projects are Road Infrastructure and Underground Facilities, P4.768 billion; Agusan River and Lake Lanao Promenade, P500 million; Maritime Headquarters, P49.250 million; Halal Slaughterhouse, P47.161million; Multi-Level Car Park, P208.032 million; Hospital with Basic Equipment, P813 million; and Protective Facilities, P133.1 million.

“Can you take a second look at your first priority? Di ba may hospitals and schools. I don’t think you can construct hospitals, and schools without fixing first the roads,” Mending pointed out.

During the hearing, Roman asked the task force to also prioritize the construction of hospitals instead of multilevel car park.

“Placing hospitals in the same category with a car park, hindi pa dapat nasa number 1 ang hospital?” she asked.

During the hearing, Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairman Eduardo Del Rosario assured the subcommittee that the Marawi rehabilitation will be completed by December, 2021.