MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)–Following the visit of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte here Saturday, October 16, to lead the unveiling of the Grand Mosque and the commemoration of the 4th anniversary of the city’s liberation, Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr. conveyed his hope that the rehabilitation here be more fast-tracked.
“We are very hopeful that your presence at ground zero will speed up the remaining programs and resolve the other infrastructure inadequacies so that displaced families who are still from the temporary shelter will be able to return to their normal lives,” said the provincial governor to the country’s Chief Executive.
Adiong also called on the passage of the Marawi Compensation bill as this is seen to be essential to also speed up internally displaced persons’ (IDPs’) recovery and for them to start anew in their respective homes in the most affected area (MAA).
He formally thanked the President for his presence in this year’s Kapananadem or remembering the liberation of the five-month firefight four years ago and for personally checking on the progress of the rehabilitation in the city’s battleground which is set to be fully completed in 2022 according to plans and targets and as carried out by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) and its implementing agencies.
Adiong further delivered his appreciation to Duterte for one of the notable legacies which is the land reform program wherein portions of military reservation here are said to be legally distributed to former occupants, especially those impacted by the siege.
With the visible support from the national government, he conveyed his optimism to have once again the city with its former glory.
“Mariing inaangat naming makitang manumbalik ang sigla ng Marawi na nagpapatunay na tayo ay nakabangon na sa dagok ng nakaraan sa ating nakagawiang kabuhayan, lalo na dito sa ground zero na siyang nakagawiang sentro ng pamilihan,” he expressed.
[We intently see the return of the grace of Marawi which proves that we have already recovered from the struggles of the past on our livelihood, especially here at ground zero which was used to be the market center.] (CRG/PIA-Lanao del Sur)