NHA denies undertaking projects beyond mandate in Marawi

Published July 9, 2021, 3:30 PM

by Bonita Ermac

ILIGAN CITY – The National Housing Authority (NHA) on Thursday, July 8, denied undertaking projects under the Marawi rehabilitation program beyond its mandate.

“Walang katotohanan ang pinupukol na alegasyon against the National Housing Authority (There is no truth to the allegation hurled against the National Housing Authority),” said Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairman Eduardo del Rosario.

Critics have alleged that NHA has been taking roles in the city’s rehabilitation which are not in the scope of its mandate.

Del Rosario said that there is an agreement existing between the NHA and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) passing the responsibility of construction of road infrastructure to the NHA and that such was approved by the President.

He emphasized that the agreement is well documented in the Master Development Plan (MDP) presented to the TFBM and also gained approval from the President.

Meanwhile, Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra denied Thursday, July 8, that four barangay in Marawi will be dissolved.

Rumors have been circulating on social media that residents of Datu Naga, Datu sa Dansalan, Dansalan, and Sabala a Manao can no longer return to their lots to rebuild their houses because of government infrastructures being built there.

“Hindi tama na madidissolve ang four barangays, in fact nagpagawa pa ho tayo ng apat na barangay complexes doon sa apat na barangay (There is no truth that the four barangays will be dissolved. In fact, we have built four barangay complexes in these four barangays),” Gandamra said in a virtual press conference with Del Rosario.

“Only a portion of this land from these four barangays ang inikupa ng government for the construction of these government facilities at hindi ho ‘yung kabuuan ng four barangays, but only portion, at ito yung reclamation area (Only a portion of this land from these four barangays were occupied by the government for the construction of these government facilities and not the whole four barangays, but only a portion, and this is the reclamation area),” Gandamra explained.