Marawi City, Lanao del Sur – The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (un-Habitat) and the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) broke ground a permanent housing project in Barangay Kilala, morning of October 7, 2019.
Personalities involved in the activity are as follows: Atty. Majul Usman Gandamra, Marawi City Mayor; Mr. Warren C. Ubongen, Project Manager, UN-Habitat; Hon. Allan Panolong, Board Member, Province of Lanao del Sur; Sec. Eduardo D. Del Rosario, Department of Human Settlements & Urban Development Secretary/TFBM Chairperson; Mr. Bernhard Barth, Human Settlements Officer/ UN-Habitat Regional
Office of the Asia & the Pacific; Mr. Roderick T. Ibañez, Regional Manager R9/ Manager MPMO NHA.
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, UN-Habitat’s Human Settlements Officer of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, underscored the importance of the event in the recovery of the IDPs. He emphasized that the groundbreaking “marks a very important phase in our 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”.
The project is in line with the Government’s efforts to fast-track Marawi’s rehabilitation, which according to Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairperson Eduardo D. Del Rosario, remains on track for completion by December 2021.
Del Rosario, who is also TFBM Chairperson, had repeatedly expressed confidence on meeting the deadline in rebuilding Marawi in coordination with the 56 member agencies of TFBM.
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.
The house construction will commence in the first week of October and will be completed by November 2019.
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.
“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 said.