By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Disappointed by the snail-paced rehabilitation of Marawi City, the House Committee on Disaster Management created yesterday a subcommittee that would keenly oversee the rehabilitation of the battle-scarred city.
The House panel, chaired by Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman, decided to form a subpanel, to be headed by Lanao del Sur Rep. Ansaruddin Adiong.
During the second committee meeting on the Marawi rehabilitation, Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo asked the National Housing Authority (NHA) to expedite the construction of permanent housing in Marawi City.
Director Roderick Ibanez of the NHA said that the acquisition of the 39-hectare property in Brgy. Mipantao, Gadongan; and Brgy. Kilala in Marawi City for the permanent housing is still ongoing.
“We are in the process of acquiring and we are planning to purchase within December,” he told the panel.
He said the memorandum of agreement (MOA) will be signed on or before November 30, but the actual payment will be tendered by December.
“Upon the signing of MOA in November, they will allow NHA to proceed with the land development even if the actual tender of payment is not yet given,” Ibanez said.
He noted that the lots are owned by the Macarambon and Alonto families.
When asked by the Speaker why the MOA has yet to be signed, Ibanez said since the lots “are owned by several families, they need to go back to their families and consult.”
He said on Friday, the owners of the 39-hectare property are expected to give their comments.
Arroyo asked the NHA to immediately secure the comments of the Macarambon and Alonto families.
“We try our best to secure their comments before Friday. At this point in time, our people in Marawi are still with them, kasama sila sa dialogue,” Ibanez said.
He said they will divide the permanent shelter construction to 2,000 housing units in four phases with a target to build 500 houses in each phase.
He said the construction of 500 houses will start this December and is expected to be completed by June 2019.
The second phase is expected to be completed in December 2019, the third phase in June 2020, and the fourth phase in December 2020.
Arroyo expressed hope that the formation of the sub-panel would “move forward” the reconstruction of Marawi City.
“The first one that’s feasible is the San Miguel housing of 2,000 units so we’d like to see them start building. We’d like to remove the government bottlenecks to the building because once the bottlenecks are removed, mainly the acquisition of the land, for sure San Miguel will move very fast. Because the private sector really moves very fast. But they are waiting for the land to be available,” she said.
Roman said they created the subcommittee to “specifically deal with the Marawi rehabilitation.”
“We shall create a subcommittee to oversee the operations in Marawi,” she said.
Sitting as members of the subcommittee are Anak Mindanao Rep. Makmod Mending, Akbayan partylist Rep. Tom Villarin, and ABONO partylist Rep. Vini Ortega.