MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur—Nahukay ng mga awtoridad ang ilang unexploded ordnance sa clearing operation sa Marawi City noong isang linggo. Natagpuan ng Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team ng kompanyang EDDMARI ang isang Mk 81 bomb sa sector 2 ng lungsod. Gamit ang backhoe, nahanap nila ito na nakabaon nang 25 talampakan sa ilalim ng lupa. "Inaayos natin ngayon 'yung butas para hindi delikado sa tao na papasok. Ayon sa datos ng [Philippine] Air Force, ito lahat ay 74. Sa ngayon ang na-recover ng AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] at EOD ay 24. Ang nare-recover ng EDDMARI ay 6," ani Romer Kalaw, EOD technician ng EDDMARI. Ayon sa EDDMARI, pahirapan ang paghahanap ng mga bomba lalo’t marami sa mga ito ay natabunan ng mga damo at nabaon sa mga istraktura. “Usually, scanning takes 3 days. Data acquisition pa lang 'yun. Tapos 'yung data namin ipa-process pa, so more or less, nasa 5 to 10 days to scan an area pero case-to-case basis siya. May mga area na mahirap … [Read more...] about Ilang unexploded ordnance, nahukay sa Marawi
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Nangolekta ang Marawi Development Assistance Team, na binubuo ng mga iba't ibang civic organizations, ng higit 1000 pares na mga luma pero mapapa-kinabangan pang mga sapatos at inilatag ang mga ito sa kahabaan ng Sarimanok-Sagonsongan Diversion Road. Ayon sa mga nag-organisa, layunin ng 'shoe parade' na paalalahan ang gobyerno sa mga taga-Marawi na nakatira parin sa mga tent sa temporary shelters. Sumisimbolo daw ang mga sapatos na kinolekta sa mga sibilyan na na-apektuhan ng digmaan sa Marawi at ang hangad na makauwi sa kanilang mga bahay sa 24 na barangay na kasama sa Marawi Most Affected Area, kung saan hindi pa maaaring bumalik ang mga residente dahil sa posible pang naiwan na pampasabog noong digmaan. Sabi ng ilang residente, hindi na raw nila alam kung alin ang papaniwalaan sa mga pahayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa rehabilitasiyon ng Marawi. Matatandaang sinabi ng Pangulo noong 2017 na tutulungan ng gobyerno ang pamahalaan ng Marawi na i-bangon ang siyudad. Pero nitong Abril … [Read more...] about ‘Shoe Parade’ isinagawa para sa mga residente ng Marawi
I visited Marawi for the first time after the siege a few days ago, as part of a delegation of Red Cross people. I was in Marawi, then called Dansalan when I was a teenager, in the 1950s, and enjoyed the beauty of the place, the fragrant smell of pine trees, the streets clean, the people so friendly in their native attire. At this recent visit, I was overwhelmed by the sight of the total destruction of buildings in about 20 barangays. Your heart would break, as mine did, at the site of crumbled buildings. So this is now the once beautiful city, laid waste. It was refreshing listening to Philippine Red Cross chair Senator Dick Gordon reaffirm PRC’s commitment to boost the recovery efforts for people displaced by the 2017 conflict in Marawi by providing access to income-generating activities. In a field visit June 3, Chairman Gordon announced that the organization will provide sewing machines to over a hundred affected households as an effort to restore livelihood sources. … [Read more...] about Marawi arise!
ROSES AND THORNS - Pia Roces Morato (The Philippine Star) - May 24, 2019 - 12:00am What a privilege and honor it is to be part of a team that headed to Marawi with international media to specifically address the ongoing rehabilitation in the area. Since there is so much to touch on this issue especially since fake news continues to surround the rehabilitation efforts, I will take the opportunity to showcase how this beautiful city is not just recovering but also regaining its spirit. Hence therefore, I am going to make this column a two part series beginning with the ‘basics’ which for me is simply the issue on security. Early this morning, the PCOO team, together with international media among others, headed to Marawi aboard a C150 from the Philippine Air Force via Clark. It was rather evident that everyone was not only excited but also very eager to know the master plan. Like I mentioned earlier, there has been an ongoing demolition job … [Read more...] about Bangon Marawi
MANILA - The Philippine government is not stopping the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City despite President Rodrigo Duterte's statement that he doesn't think the government should spend for the reconstruction of buildings in the city. Ex-Marawi crisis spox sounds alarm on Duterte’s plan Marcelino Escalada Jr., general manager of the National Housing Authority (NHA), clarified that the government would cover expenses for damaged public infrastructure in Marawi City, noting that an initial P13.7-billion funding has been set aside for the city's restoration. "Task Force Bangon Marawi is very much determined to institute the rehabilitation of Marawi insofar as public utilities and public institutional infrastructure," Escalada told radio DZMM in an interview. "All the public utilities will be covered by the Task Force Bangon Marawi." Escalada said areas of the city that were heavily affected by the siege remain inaccessible to residents, even as critics slammed the alleged … [Read more...] about News Leave Marawi rehab to tycoons? Gov’t says no letup in city restoration