By Ali Macabalang
MARAWI CITY – The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) and officials of the Satsuma Russian Exchange Council (SREC), a Japanese non-government organization have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing a commitment to donate 24,800 units of prefabricated houses and offer employment opportunities to displaced residents of Marawi.
The MoU which was signed by SREC president Norio Akahori and NCMF Secretary Saidamen Pangarungan stipulated the mechanics of donation and the offer of Japanese visa for displaced residents willing to work in Japan.
NCMF spokesperson Jun Alonto-Datu Ramos said the MoU was signed Saturday, the eve of the Islamic world’s sighting of Ramadan moon that signaled the start of the monthly-long fasting among Muslim across the globe.
Pangarungan said the donation of prefabricated houses is “very significant” as displaced residents prepare to resume normal lives inside Ground Zero between July and September this year.
Pangarungan said the housing units measuring 150 square meters are moveable. Each unit has two to three bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and a reception area. Each unit costs approximately four to six million pesos.
Pangarungan said the NCMF would see to it that the timeline for the homecoming of displaced persons will be “without major glitches as much as possible.”