CSOs celebrate rehab works in Marawi City

May 22, 2021 Jun I. Legaspi 219 views

CIVIL society organizations (CSOs), serving as third party monitoring groups, cited the continuing rehabilitation works in the only Islamic City in the country as a reason to celebrate.

Faduman Paporo, one of the leaders of CSO Convergence composed of various non-government organizations based in Lanao del Sur, recognized the efforts of Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) headed by Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario.

“We would like to reaffirm that the rehabilitation is doing well…congratulations to the Marawi LGU (local government unit) and the TFBM,” Paporo said Friday.

She said that her group would like to inform their fellow Maranaws about the progress of the government-led rehabilitation of the so-called “ground zero” which has been the subject of CSO Convergence’s close monitoring.

Paporo cited the huge improvement at the iconic Grand Mosque or the Islamic Center and other mosques inside the most affected area.

“Some are asking why commemorate. (Because) there is something to celebrate,” she said. Saturday is the fourth anniversary of the infamous 2017 siege laid by the Daesh-inspired Maute terrorist group.

Aslani Montilla, of the Development Assistance Team (DAT) , also commended both the TFBM and the Marawi City LGU for the sustained rehabilitation efforts.

DAT is also accredited to closely monitor the ongoing rehabilitation works inside the “ground zero” composed of 24 barangays.

Among the ongoing projects inside the “ground zero” are the Grand Mosque, White Mosque, Masjid Marinaut, Masjid Disomangcop, mall-like Grand Padian Market, the School of Living Tradition, Marawi Museum, Peace Memorial, integrated school and barangay complexes with health centers and madrasahs.

To promote transparency, Del Rosario has tapped DAT and CSO Convergence to serve as third party monitoring groups – – allowing them access to the “ground zero.”

Both groups conduct monthly inspection on various projects and report their findings backed up with photographs to the Secretary during the regular monthly briefing by implementing agencies.