By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Members of the House subcommittee on Marawi rehabilitation and reconstruction are expected to visit the battle-scarred city next week to personally check the property where permanent shelters for the siege victims are set to be constructed.
Anak Mindanao party-list Rep. Makmod Mending, chairman of the subpanel, said they decided to personally oversee the rehabilitation of the Marawi City by visiting the property where the 2,000 housing units will be constructed by the San Miguel Foundation.
“Our main agenda is to check the Alonto property where San Miguel is set to begin construction of permanent shelters, then visit MAA (most affected areas), Sagonsongan temporary shelters then the old city hall for the proposed military camp,” he said in an interview.
The subpanel was previously headed by Lanao del Sur Rep. Ansaruddin Adiong, who decided to relinquish his post to Mending.
It was Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who nominated Mending to replace Adiong.
Joining Mending during the one-day visit to Marawi City on Monday are Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman, chairman of the House committee on disaster management; and the subpanel members.
The subcommittee members include Deputy Speaker and South Cotabato Rep. Ferdinand Hernandez, La Union Rep. Victor Ortega, Zamboanga Sibugay Rep. Ann Hofer, Akbayan party-list Rep. Tom Villarin, Pangasinan Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil, and ACTS OFW party-list Rep. Aniceto Bertiz.
During the second committee meeting of the Roman panel on the Marawi rehabilitation on November 26, Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo asked the National Housing Authority (NHA) to expedite the construction of the permanent housing in Marawi City.
Director Roderick Ibañez of NHA said the acquisition of the 39-hectare property in Brgy. Mipantao, Gadongan; and Brgy. Kilala in Marawi City for the permanent housing is still underway.
He said the memorandum of agreement (MOA) is due to be signed on or before November 30, but the actual payment will be tendered by December.
He noted that the lots are owned by the Macarambon and Alonto families.
Ibañez said they divide the permanent shelter construction of 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 month and is expected to be completed by June 2019.
Completion of the second phase is expected in December 2019, third phase in June 2020, and fourth phase in December 2020.
Arroyo expressed hope that the formation of the subpanel would “move forward” the reconstruction of Marawi City.
Roman said they created the subcommittee to “specifically deal with the Marawi rehabilitation.”