12 June 2017

News Story: Government allots P10 B for Marawi rehab

By Alexis Romero

MANILA, Philippines - The government will allocate P10 billion for the rebuilding of Marawi City, which has been ravaged after continuing clashes between government troops and the Islamic State-inspired Maute terror group.

The Department of National Defense (DND) will lead the “Bangon Marawi” recovery effort, which aims to bring back to normal the situation in the strife-torn city as soon as possible, according to presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella. 

“The EO (executive order) for ‘Bangon Marawi’ is awaiting President Duterte’s signature,” Abella told state-run radio station Radyo Pilipinas yesterday.

“The proposed package amounting to P10 billion, as promised by the President, will be a multi-agency effort,” Abella added. 

The Palace official did not say where the administration would source the funds for the program.

“The rebuilding would take a minimum of six months and may begin after clearing the city, which should take at least one to two weeks,” Abella said. 

Security forces have been trying to clear Marawi of Maute militants since May 23, the day President Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao.

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