MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)–It’s all systems go for the observance of the fifth (5th) anniversary of the liberation of this city following the five-month siege laid by Daesh-inspired Maute terrorist group in 2017.
Several activities have been lined up by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) and its implementing agencies and development partners for the commemoration such as Trade and Halal Expo and Kawiyagan Program on October 17 wherein livelihood grants, community and urban-based livelihood assistance, free architectural design, and training allowances will be distributed. Abaca stripping machines and grants for the Marawi Food Integrated Terminal will also be turned over to identified beneficiaries.
Livelihood and skills training workshops, peace conversations, relief distributions, psychosocial support activities, and forums on the best practices and successful interventions are also slated from October 17-21.
A wreath-laying ceremony at Kampo Ranao is also scheduled on October 17 in honor of those who paid the ultimate price to defend the city from terrorists.
Other highlights of the commemoration are the inauguration of Torogan Tuca Marinaut Barangay Complex, the 15th barangay facility with a Madrasah and Health Center constructed in the most affected area of the city, as well as, the inauguration of Torogan in Barangay Sagonsongan that will serve as the office of traditional leaders in Lanao del Sur, both are scheduled on Oct. 21.
In addition, more than 150 permanent housing units in Barangay Gadongan will also be awarded to qualified beneficiaries.
“Marami na ang nagbago sa city, marami na tayong nagawang mga improvements. May mga infrastructures na natapos na, may kalsada, may livelihood na napamigay na natin since ika-limang taon na itong sa ating rehabilitation ng Marawi City. Meron pa rin tayong ginagawa at tinatapos pero nakikita natin na ito’y matatapos within the next few months and maybe until the middle of next year,” said TFBM Field Office Manager Felix Castro Jr.
[A lot has changed in the city, we have made many improvements. Some infrastructures have been completed, there are roads, and there are livelihoods that we have distributed since this is the fifth year of our rehabilitation of Marawi City. We are still working on some things and finishing it, but we see that it will be finished within the next few months and maybe by the middle of next year.]
Meanwhile, City Mayor Majul Gandamra called on the people of the city to continue the initiatives that have been started so that peace in Marawi is maintained.
“Dapat tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang ating pagiging vigilant in terms of helping our government in securing our community from any attempt kagaya ng nangyari noong Marawi siege,” he said.
[We must continue to be vigilant in terms of helping our government in securing our community from any attempt like what had happened during the Marawi siege.]
Gandamra emphasized that the people of Marawi should help each other and be united to rev up the recovery of the city. (APB/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)