Gov’t draws up plan for Marawi rehab, reconstruction

MANILA-- The government is preparing to embark on rehabilitation and reconstruction of Marawi City currently plagued by the fighting between government forces and terrorists.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Rolando Tungpalan said government appropriation is available for Marawi's rehabilitation plan.

But there are things that we need to ensure (which are) prerequisites to rebuilding -- how it will be done, with whom and how it will be started. We just need to bring back livelihood, houses, basic services, that's a big challenge, he told reporters on the sidelines of Asian Development Bank (ADB) history book launch on Tuesday.

Tungpalan said the Marawi rehabilitation and reconstruction plan for Marawi will be undertaken in conjunction with the local residents.

For his part, NEDA Director General Ernesto Pernia said the country has a lot of fiscal space to cover the plan.

Pernia cited Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno saying that there was no need for additional allocation.

Definitely, from the government, we already have a rehabilitation and reconstruction plan and NEDA itself is going to be one of the lead departments, lead agencies in the effort, Pernia said.

The fighting in Marawi started May 23.

Source: Philippines News Agency