02 September 2017

News Story: World Bank to provide technical assistance to rebuild Philippines' war-torn city of Marawi

MANILA, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- The World Bank (WB) said on Friday that it will provide technical assistance for the early recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction planning to rebuild the ruined southern Philippine city of Marawi torn by an ongoing war between the government security forces and the extremists.

"The WB, together with the Asian Development Bank, will coordinate financial assistance from the development partners for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Marawi City," Mara Warwick, the WB country director for Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, said in a statement.

The WB also vowed to scale up support for peace-building and development in Mindanao as part of the midterm adjustment of its country partnership strategy.

It said the "scaled-up program from the entire Mindanao will focus on supporting the government's program to raise agricultural productivity and improve connectivity from farm to market, boost educations, skills, and employability of the youth, and help build resilient communities."

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