Marawi IDPs given until July 15 to give demolition consent

Published July 14, 2019, 2:08 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Bonita Ermac

ILIGAN CITY — Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chair Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario called on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the Most Affected Area (MAA) in Marawi to give a demolition consent not later than Monday, July 15.


Del Rosario specifically pleaded to the remaining more than 1,500 residents to give their consent or they will be shouldering the cost of demolition.

“So, to save them costs and time in pursuing all their permits, (including Environmental Clearance Certificates as to where they will dump their demolished houses) – I ask them, I appeal to them to give the consent not later than Monday,” he said.

The clearing of debris in the MAA is expected to be finished by September while the demolition will be completed in November this year.

National Housing Authority – MPNO head Roderick Ibañez said that out of the total of 6,435 structures which were damaged during the siege in MAA, 3,800 need to be demolished as they are no longer sound.

About 700 demolition consents were added to the 1,391 earlier issued, bringing the total to 2,091.

Ibañez said a structure which does not have a demolition consent will still be affected whenever they will have a clearing operation and during bomb detonation.

“The detonation or blast radius of a 500 pounder ay 650 meters. Yun po yung actual radius pero ang safe area po ay 1 kilometer po dapat,” he said.

“Yun po yung dilemma natin, di natin pwede idetonate sa ibang lugar yung bomba so pag ang structure mo is within the blast radius, wala po talaga tayong magagawa at maapektuhan ang inyong mga structures,” he explained.

Forty-nine bombs are still to be found and detonated in the area.