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‘Win’ pushes affordable house rebuilding package for displaced Marawi residents

Government should open a window of opportunity for the displaced Marawi residents to rebuild their homes through a “friendly” housing package, Sen. Win Gatchalian yesterday said.

“Its payment terms should be longer, maybe around 10 to 15 years, with interest of 2 to 3 percent, or even lower depending on the availability of funds,” the senator, who is a member of the Senate Ad Hoc committee on Marawi rehabilitation and reconstruction, said.
More than 8,000 families were displaced in the so-called most affected area (MAA) in the war-torn city of Marawi during the more than five months of fire fight of Maute group with government troops.
“I understand these houses are made of their tears, blood and sweat. It would really be painful for any owner to see his house torn down in an instant. That’s why we need to assess if these structures can still be repaired and from there the government should provide the necessary financial aid,” Gatchalian said.
The senator urged the National Housing Authority (NHA) to devise an affordable house rebuilding package and he called on all concerned national government agencies to aid local government units (LGUs) in assessing the damage done to houses and ground zero and in determining whether the structures are still worthy of habitation.
From these assessments, NHA could then present a suitable financing package so that settlers could start repairing and renovating their houses, he said.
Gatchalian noted the pronouncements of Undersecretary Falconi Millar of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council there are 6,400 temporary shelter units under construction in Barangay Sagonsongan. They are expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Different modalities, Millar added, were being applied to fast-track the construction, including partnerships with LGUs for the construction of 2,000 more shelters, and with other benefactor organizations through donations.
Construction of 2,700 permanent shelters, on the other hand, shall commence as soon as the Task Force Bangon Marawi identifies the location where these new units will rise.
Meanwhile, Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, Task Force Bangon Marawi chairman, said the National Economic Development Authority is scheduled to present before President Rodrigo Duterte the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Plan (CRRP) on March 12.
The CRRP is a detailed plan of the government with respect to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Marawi City, based on the Post-Conflict Needs Assessment completed December last year.
This will also include the budgetary requirements for the implementation the plan, as well as a timetable of target deliverables.

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