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Gov’t eyes military camp in Marawi City

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By Genalyn Kabiling

The government is mulling the establishment of a military camp in Kapantaran, Marawi City composed of three battalions to boost security in the area.

Malacañang Palace. (Photo by Richard V. Viñas / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Malacañang Palace. (Photo by Richard V. Viñas / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

A technical working group (TWG) has already been created to study the proposal.

Under the Memorandum Order No. 41 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, the TWG will include the Department of National Defense (DND) and five other government agencies.

“To reinforce current efforts of the government to secure Marawi City and neighboring areas, the President has directed relevant agencies to study the establishment of a military camp therein,” the Palace order read.

The proposed military camp will house three detachments composed of three battalions dispersed to the boundaries between Marawi City and its neighboring municipalities.

In the order, the President authorized the TWG to conduct a census to identify those who will be affected by the installation of a military camp in the area as well as ascertain the status of ownership and possession of the lands.

It must also conduct a resurvey of the area to determine the metes and bounds of the proposed military camp, expedite titling and registration of affected parcels of lands “without prejudice to private rights,” and assist in the resettlement of people who may be displaced.

The group must likewise provide support to affected local government units arising from the establishment of the military camp, enlist the support of concerned agencies, and submit periodic reports to the Office of the President.

Aside from the DND, other members of the TWG are Office of the Executive Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Land Registration Authority, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, and Department of Interior and Local Government.

The memorandum takes effect immediately. A copy of the order was released by the Palace on Wednesday.

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