By Francis Wakefield
More than half of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) engineers will be tapped to helpm reconstruct, rebuild and rehabilitate war-ravaged Marawi City.
Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera, spokesman of the AFP’s Joint Task Marawi and 1st Infantry Division, said the deployment of the military engineers is part of the rehabilitation plan of the national government to fully bring back the vibrant economy of Marawi City.
Two out of the four Army Engineer Brigades will be utilized as the core units of the Joint Engineering Task Force for the reconstruction of Marawi.
They will also be complemented by other units from different branches of the AFP.
Herrera said the Naval Engineer Brigade “Seabees” of the Navy and units from the Air Force’s different Engineer Wings will be part of the Engineering taskforce.
The 52nd and 54th Engineer Brigades were named as the core units of the engineering taskforce.
“This is a testament of the government’s resolve to fully rehabilitate Marawi and help our Maranao brothers and sisters stand and rebuild the city,” Herrera said.
“This is a commitment of the Armed Forces, of every soldier, airman, sailor and marine to carry the burden together with our people in Marawi as we call for unity and cooperation in our shared responsibility in this crisis,” he added.