Marawi City, 07 October 2019 – The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) broke ground a permanent housing project in Barangay Kilala on Monday.
Bernhard Barth, Human Settlement officer lead the groundbreaking ceremony, together with Secretary Edwardo D. del Rosario Secretary, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Chairperson TFBM, Asec. Felix de Castro, TFBM Field Office manager and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Assistant, Marawi Mayor Majul U. Gandamra, Allan Panolong, Board Member, Province of Lanao del Sur, Najma A. Daromimbang, President, Lumbaco Madaya Eternity Home Owners Association and other Marawi local government officials.
Around 500 families from the most affected area of Marawi City will receive permanent shelter units from the UN-Habitat as part of the agency’s Japan-funded Rebuilding Marawi through Community-Driven Shelter and Livelihood Project. These housing units will be built on a 39-hectare land acquired and developed by the National Housing Authority (NHA).
Each shelter unit, which will stand on a 90-square-meter lot, will be a concrete, single attached, one-story structure with a total floor area of 46 square meters. It will include a toilet and a kitchen, as well as an electrical and plumbing system.
Bernhard Barth, underscored the importance of the event in the recovery of the IDPs, stressing that the groundbreaking marks a very important phase in their contribution to achieving durable solutions for Marawi’s displaced population.
” We are grateful to NHA for granting this patch of land, where in a few months, we will see a new community breathe with life.” said Barth
Edwardo del Rosario on his part had repeatedly expressed confidence on meeting the deadline in rebuilding Marawi in coordination with the 56 member agencies of TFBM.
“The house construction will commence in the first week of October and will be completed by November 2019.” Del Rosario said.
“The project is in line with government efforts to fast-tracking Marawi’s rehabilitation and remains on track for completion by December 2021.” he added.
Najma A. Daromimbang, President, Lumbaco Madaya Eternity Home Owners Association speaking during the ground ceremony conveyed gratitude for the people behind the project and especially the UN-Habitat, TFBM, HUDCC. NHA and the local government of Marawi City for the opportunity to build their own houses.
“We will no longer be renters nor home-based living with our relatives or in shelters after the marawi siege. This will be our permanent homes.”Najma said.
“This is the beginning of our journey and a new build life in peace and prosperity.” she added, addressing her fellow IDP’s.
The beneficiaries of the shelter units to be built in the NHA’s Pamayanding sa Ranaw Residences at Dansalan are among those who can no longer rebuild their homes along the six-meter easement along Agus River, as well as the reclaimed area in front of Lake Lanao.
Skilled IDPs have been initially identified and will be employed in the construction of the permanent shelters through a cash-for-work modality under the livelihood component of the UN-Habitat project.
“At the heart of this Project is our partner communities who actively engage with other communities and stakeholders in the rehabilitation work. We believe that people have the inherent capabilities to cope with extreme difficulties once their potential are harnessed. The Project is designed that way to support the rebuilding of their lives and their physical assets,” Barth disclosed.
The Rebuilding Marawi Project has adopted a community-based approach dubbed as the People’s Process that places the community at the center of their recovery process.( now-pinay)