By Apipa P. Bagumbaran
MARAWI CITY, May 24 (PIA)–The chief of the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) said he expects the rehabilitation of the iconic Grand Mosque inside the city’s most affected area to be completed by October of this year.
Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario bared in a media interview during a Reporting Event in Marawi that the repair of the largest mosque in the city is now 69% completed.
“This is a manifestation of the total commitment of the national government, local government, and the local leaders in Marawi City to ensure that the masjeds, about 30 of them were destroyed during the siege, is being given focus by the national government as a very vital component of the Marawi rehabilitation,” he said.
Del Rosario, who also heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), have previously stated that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte instructed the restoration of the religious sites in the city as he sees this crucial to the social healing element of the rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, the Marawi Sultanate League (MSL) expressed satisfaction with the progress of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Grand Mosque and the reconstruction of the Dansalan Bato mosque.
“We are very happy na nabubuo na ang mosque, mas maganda pa kaysa dati and like the Dansalan Bato mosque, pag natapos yan , I think it will be the most beautiful mosque in the country,” he said.
[We are very happy that the (rehabilitation) of the mosque is nearing completion, it is more beautiful than before and like the Dansalan Bato mosque, when it’s finished, I think it will be the most beautiful mosque in the country.]
Sampaco also conveyed his gratitude to the TFBM chief for giving priority to the restoration of mosques.
“Even though he is not a Muslim, but he finds ways to have funds for these projects. Napakahalaga yun sa taga Marawi na maitayo at mairepair ang mga mosque namin, dahil kami tinawag na Islamic City dahil sa mga mosques (the reconstruction and repair of our mosques are very important for the people of Marawi, we are called Islamic City because of the mosques),” he added.
The Reporting Event in Marawi was organized by the Presidential Communications Operations Office, Philippine Information Agency, and TFBM as part of the activities for the Marawi Week of Peace 2021. It aims to bring the local and foreign media to Marawi City to showcase the rehabilitation progress and present accurate narratives and information about the current situation in the city
During the Reporting Event, foreign and local media joined TFBM officials in the inspection of ongoing infrastructure projects in the city such as the Grand Mosque, Disomangcop Mosque, and the Pamayandeg sa Ranaw permanent shelter.
They also witnessed the inauguration of the Brgy. Tolali Complex and the city’s central material recovery facility as well as the groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of eight school buildings, a convention center, and Sarimanok Sports Stadium. (APB/PIA-ICIC)
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