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PCOO, TFBM hold Marawi reporting event anew

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)--The Presidential Communication Operations Office, through the Office of the Global Media and Public Affairs, in partnership with the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), Philippine Information Agency, and Radio Television Malacañang brought anew members of the media here for a two-day media reporting event.

The reporting event aims to provide members of the media with accurate information and narratives about the rehabilitation by allowing them to see firsthand the on-the-ground situation.

On the first day of the reporting event, they witnessed the turnover of 462 permanent shelters to identified beneficiaries. This comprised the last batch of the 1,000 houses under UN-Habitat's Rebuilding Marawi Project. The construction of houses was funded with the USD10-million support from the Government of Japan while the lands were procured and developed by Social Housing Finance Corporation and National Housing Authority (NHA).

PCOO also brought the media to the inauguration of the Marawi Museum and School of Living Traditions inside the most-affected area of the city. Both facilities are eyed to boost cultural heritage preservation and local tourism. 

"This could be transformed into an economic opportunity that could generate jobs that would help the ball of the local economy rolling," said Mayor Majul Gandamra.

On the second day of the reporting event, the TFBM alongside officials from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, the local government, and Senator Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa held a wreath-laying ceremony to remember the sacrifices of state forces to reclaim the city five years ago.

The media also witnessed the mini sports fest conducted by the NHA in partnership with the Philippine Sports Commission to launch the Sarimanok Sports Stadium.

The reporting event ended with a press briefing following the culmination program of the Marawi Week of Peace celebration. The press briefing was participated by TFBM chief Sec. Eduardo Del Rosario, Usec. Cesar Yano of the Department of National Defense, Civil Defense Administrator at NDDRMC Executive Director Usec. Ricardo Jalad, and NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr.

"We are able to complete 72%. 17% are ongoing and will be completed by the third quarter and 11% is still undergoing procurement and will be completed by the first quarter of 2023," said Del Rosario.

The first media reporting event in Marawi was held in 2019 to commemorate the second Marawi City Week of Peace (MWOP). Other reporting events were held in October of the same year to commemorate the second anniversary of the city’s liberation from terrorists and in May of 2021 for the fourth MWOP. (APB/PIA-10 Lanao del Sur)

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