Marawi rehab could cost up to ₱80-B - task force official

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 21) — The amount needed to rehabilitate Marawi could reach up to ₱80 billion, higher than earlier estimates, officials said Monday.

Task Force Bangon Marawi chairperson Eduardo del Rosario, in a message to CNN Philippines, said the initial estimate of ₱72 billion – the amount mentioned in a Cabinet meeting in April – was divided into ₱55 billion for the rehab of areas outside the main battle area, and ₱17.2 billion for the most affected areas (MAA) in the city.

"But now, we have factored in additional requirements like the debris volume of 18 million tons instead of the 5 million tons initial estimate, sanitary landfill, hospital, etc., the latest estimate is pegged between ₱75 billion to 80 billion total," he said.

Del Rosario clarified, however that the cost for the MAA was still up for Swiss challenge.

NEDA reveals cost to rebuild, rehab

According to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the government needs ₱53.4 billion to finance the full rehabilitation of areas outside what was the main battle zone in Marawi City.

In a press briefing Monday, NEDA Undersecretary for Regional Development Adoracion Navarro said over ₱26 billion would be needed this year, while the remaining ₱27 billion would be disbursed from 2019 to 2022.

"Many of the funding requirements are on the housing sector, livelihood and business development." Navarro said. "We expect that many projects will be implemented this year to address the needs, especially the housing , the transitory housing needs of IDPs (internally displaced persons)."

These figures, however, are tentative and Navarro said there may be changes as deliberations continue.

Navarro added the funding would come from the government, donations from the private sector and non-government organizations, and from the Official Development Assistance.

For 2018, the government has allocated ₱10 billion from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund, and another ₱5 billion from the Unprogrammed Appropriations in the 2018 General Appropriations Act.

Some countries have also donated and pledged financial support: ₱970 million from Japan, ₱1.2 billion from China, and ₱945 million from Australia.

Navarro added the government rehabilitation efforts are on schedule.

She said there was a program for the safe return of residents outside the MAAs in the City

"Actually 72 barangays have already been declared ready, there are residents who have returned to the 72 barangays," she said.

CNN Philippines' Makoi Popioco, Chad de Guzman, and Pia Garcia contributed to this report.