NEDA Cabinet Committee approves additional Marawi rehabilitation projects

NEDA Cabinet Committee approves additional Marawi rehabilitation projects

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Ground Zero in the devastated city of Marawi.Photo from MindaNews.

The National Economic and Development Authority’ (NEDA) Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) approved on Thursday two projects for the rehabilitation of Marawi City. These are the P6.52 billion Rehabilitation and Development Plan for Greater Marawi (RDP) – Stage 2 and the P3.4 billion list of programs and projects under the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (BMCRRP).

RDP-Stage 2 will be funded by official development assistance (ODA). BMCRRP could also possibly be provided for by ODA financing.

RDP-Stage 2 for Greater Marawi, a project under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) would provide infrastructure solutions for rebuilding the city from the losses it suffered in 2017. The Battle of Marawi began in May 2017 and lasted for around 5 months. RDP-Stage 2 would address the current lack of infrastructure that is acting as a roadblock to Marawi’s redevelopment.

The approved projects for RDP-Stage two include the construction of:
– two 23.9 km lanes for the third phase of the Marawi Transcendental Road
– the Malabang Viaduct with two 1.6 km lanes

And the implementation of 5 sub-projects under the BMCRRP, namely:
– the construction of a new main outlet drainage system
– the construction of slope protection works along Marawi-Bito Road
– the construction of Phase 2 of the Bangon-Luksadatu Lake Lanao main drainage outlet
– the construction of the Permanent Rorogagus Bridge, and
– the rehabilitation of the Beyaba Damag Open Channel

RDP-Stage 2 is anticipated for completion by 2022.

Other programs and projects under the BMCRRP would focus on land resource management, particularly providing for social services, physical infrastructure, livelihood, business development, and the construction of classrooms at permanent resettlement sites, and other land-related issues arising from the Marawi seige.

While the initial stages of Marawi’s rehabilitation have begun, including social protection programs and facilitated visits for displaces residents to their homes, the groundbreaking for actual reconstruction work in ground zero is scheduled for October 31, 2018.

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