By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
The Senate has created a special committee that will focus on the rebuilding of war-torn Marawi City.
The Senate on Wednesday adopted Senate Resolution 457 that establishes the Senate Special Committee on Marawi which is tasked to study, review, assess, examine, investigate, and inquire into matters relating to the rebuilding of Marawi City.
The committee will be chaired by Senator Gregorio Honasan with Senators Panfilo Lacson, Grace Poe, JV Ejercito, and Bam Aquino as members.
Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, who introduced the resolution on Monday, said the special committee will be tasked to look into the extent of damage in Marawi City prior to its rehabilitation.
“The extent of the damage sustained by Marawi City and the large number of displaced citizens caused by the rebellion requires a well-coordinated large-scale rebuilding effort on the part of the government,” he said.
“This is the Senate’s contribution to President Duterte’s call for full support, assistance, and cooperation for Task Force Bangon Marawi. The Senate will respond to the plea for help of our brothers and sisters from Marawi City,” he added.
Pimentel said the Special Committee on Marawi, among others, will also make an estimate of the cost of constructing and rehabilitating the damaged facilities in the city.
“The committee will focus on the cost. After finalizing the plans for Marawi…and (when) we have found the money to finance the plan and set aside the money, that ad hoc committee will dissolve by itself,” he said in an interview Wednesday.
“These people need all the help they can receive from the government and the private sector to rebuild their lives by starting to rebuild their home city,” the Senate chief said.