Duterte leads turnover of housing units to Maranaos in Marawi

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Marawi City (CNN Philippines, January 30) — Maranaos displaced by the seige in Marawi can now heave a sigh of relief as 250 more temporary housing units were turned over Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Duterte led the distribution of certificates of acceptance and occupancy at the housing site in Barangay Sagonsongan – one of five temporary sites for the displaced.

It has been three months since Marawi was liberated from terrorists, and Malacañang said 20 percent of the targeted 6,400 housing units have been built.

READ: Timeline: The Marawi crisis

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the rate at which houses are built is a good sign.

"That's 20 percent of the total target three months after liberation of Marawi. So if the trend continues, then we may just have the entire 6,400 finished after a year, within the year after Marawi's liberation," he said.

Apart from shelter, Marawi Mayor Usman Gandamra also received P13 million in financial aid in behalf of the local government. Water filtration systems and books were also given to the Maranao people.

In his speech, President Rodrigo Duterte promised more funds for Marawi City's rehabilitation, but he asked the people to prevent terrorism from infiltrating their communities, otherwise it would destroy all efforts to rebuild the city.

"It is not the correct way to obey Islam. You don't kill and destroy. Kaya wag nating papasukin [Let us not let them in], I beg of you not to allow them to enter because it will just cause massive destruction. And the loss of lives including the innocent ones who are really the helpless in case of war," he said.

Before the turnover ceremonies, the President also led the groundbreaking of a new military camp in Barangay Kapantaran, and inspected Bahay Pagasa Community – another site for more temporary housing units.

The camp, expected to be finished in two years, is where Philippine Army units will be based to prevent the re-entry of ISIS-backed terror groups and protect civilians in the area.