Task Force Bangon Marawi: ₱51.64 billion needed for Marawi recovery and rehabilitation

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) — Task Force Bangon Marawi pegs an amount of ₱51.64 billion for the full rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City after concluding its post-conflict needs assessment.

The assessment, which was done from August to December 2017, estimated total damages at ₱11.52 billion and total losses to ₱6.71 billion.

Speaking to the press on Friday, Task Force spokesperson and Office of the Civil Defense Assistant Secretary Toby Purisima said the budget for the full recovery of Marawi will be sourced from the combined funds of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the regional government of ARMM, and the city government of Marawi.

He explained the amount will be used for projects, programs and activities (PPA) of the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Recovery and Rehabilitation Program until 2022. For 2018, ₱10 billion has already been allocated for NDRRMC in the national budget.

"Itong ₱51 billion naman na 'to, hindi lang 'to this year. (The ₱51 billion budget is not only for this year.) These are short term PPAs that will cover not only this year but in the coming years. So multiple year yung ating funding sources para dito (Multiple years will cover our funding sources for this)," he said.

He added the ₱10 billion 2018 budget will fund the short term PPAs slated for the year, and perhaps, until 2019.

On the possibility of entertaining foreign aid, Purisima said the Finance and Resource Mobilization sub committee of the task force is still discussing it.

"Maraming nageexpress ng tulong and we're discussing this; iddovetail natin ito sa available resources at sa ating PPAs," he said.

[Translation: Many are expressing their desire to help and we're discussing this; we will dovetail it to the available resources and to our PPAs.]

Results of the post-conflict needs assessment will be used as basis for the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Recover and Recovery Plan which officials expect to be released by March.