Two top Marawi City leaders expressed their gratitude to the government for helping the Islamic city get back on its feet with city rehabilitation efforts following the Marawi Siege sparked by the Daesh-inspired Maute terrorist group in 2017.
Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra and Sultanate League of the Philippines chairman Sultan Nasser Sampaco both thanked the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, who tapped Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) to lead in the speedy rehabilitation of the war-torn city following the five-month siege.
“Because of the support of the national government led by our President, through the TFBM, we are seeing a new light that will illuminate the minds of our people,” Gandamra said.
“We thank President Rodrigo Duterte for his continuous commitment to rehabilitate our beloved Marawi City,” Sampaco expressed.
Aside from rebuilding the city’s torn roads and structures, the TBFM was also tasked to oversee restoration of Marawi’s places of worship including the Dansalan Bato Ali Mosque and the Grand Mosque — the two biggest mosques in the city — which were damaged in the siege.
TFBM chairman Eduardo del Rosario said the group is committed to fulfilling President Duterte’s order to complete the rehabilitation by December 2021.
“Together with the implementing agencies, the TFBM will work double time in completing the projects meant to rebuild our beloved Marawi City,” Del Rosario said.
The TBFM chief, who is also head of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, flew to Marawi City on Wednesday for a two-day inspection of ongoing projects and the ground-breaking of several projects within “ground zero” of the siege, including the energization of Marawi’s Most Affected Areas in Sectors 1 and 2.
He led groundbreaking ceremonies for the Marawi City Central Fire Station and a newly built four-story school building that houses 20 classrooms, then later graced a ceremonial ritual with members of the Marawi Sultanate League for the reconstruction of the Dansalan Ali Bato Mosque.