Up to ₱75-B needed to rehabilitate Marawi

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) — The government's estimated cost in rebuilding and rehabilitating Marawi City has gone up to ₱75 billion.

This was presented to President Rodrigo Duterte during a Cabinet meeting last Wednesday, Task Force Bangon Marawi chairperson and housing czar Eduardo del Rosario said in a Malacañang press briefing Friday.

"It has a total budgetary requirement of ₱55 billion, plus more or less ₱17 to 20 billion for the most affected areas," del Rosario said.

He said the amount covers all the needed intervention to rehabilitate Marawi, including the building of infrastructure, provision of livelihood for the residents, and educational and psychosocial support, among others.

"Everything is there, a holistic approach in the recovery of the whole Marawi City," he said.

The ₱55 billion amount proposed by the National Economic and Development Authority will have to be approved by the task force, which is set to meet on April 12.

P17.2-B for ground zero

As for rebuilding the most damaged areas of Marawi, the government is negotiating with a China-led consortium to come up with a plan.

The group, which called itself the Bagong Marawi Consortium, is composed of five Chinese companies and four local firms.

It proposed to rebuild 250 hectares of Marawi's ground zero with an initial estimated cost of ₱18 billion. The amount was later cut down to ₱17.2 billion, del Rosario said.

The 24 barangays in ground zero were the hardest hit by the heavy fighting between government forces and terrorists from May to October last year. More than 900 terrorists, 47 civilians, and 165 government troops were killed.

Timeline: The Marawi crisis

Some 300,000 residents were displaced by heavy fighting and houses and buildings were turned to rubble.

The government estimated the total cost of damage to property at P11 billion, and economic opportunity losses at P6 billion.