LOOK: Government unveils masterplan for rehabilitation of Marawi City

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 22) — The government has unveiled the overall project design for the rehabilitation of Marawi a year after a siege by ISIS-affiliated militants sparked a five-month war that left the city in ruins.

The plan showed new public spaces such as parks, malls, plazas, and streets. It also featured a two-hectare historical site with a museum containing memorabilia from the conflict. 

The plan also aims to preserve the Bato Ali Mosque where gun battles against the Maute groups took place.

The project design is now estimated to cost more than Task Force Bangon Marawi's projection last month, which amounted to P17.2 billion, officials said.

The Task Force seeks to complete the rehabilitation project in three to five years, before President Rodrigo Duterte ends his term.

"Yung rehabilitation, 'yung infrastructure development lahat 'yan lahat ng mga hard projects, lahat ng mga social infrastructure project it should be implemented in three to five years kumpleto po 'yan," Task Force Secretariat Head Myles Rivera said in a press briefing Monday.

[Translation: The rehabilitation, infrastructure development, hard projects and social infrastructure projects will be implemented in three to five years. They will be complete.]

The government earlier chose a group of Chinese and Filipino companies to take over the project, however, Task Force Bangon Marawi said it will have to undergo a "Swiss challenge."

Under the Swiss challenge, details and costs of a project are published to invite other parties to match them or offer a better proposal. Three weeks will be alloted to that beginning Saturday, after which a winner will be chosen.

Rivera added the project aims to accomplish long-term goals of bringing peace to the city and its surrounding areas.

"Meron tayong long-term societal goal – gusto natin resilient ang Marawi City. Meron medium to long-term outcome so 'yung Marawi City and surrounding cities should co-exist in peace," she said.

[Translation: We have a long-term societal goal – we want Marawi to be resilient. We also have a medium to long-term outcome so Marawi City and its surrounding cities should co-exist in peace.]

Marawi has been under Martial Law since May 2017, after the ISIS-backed Maute group attacked the city. Fighting raged until October last year, when the government declared victory over the militants, including a number of foreign fighters.

The rehabilitation plan for the city has been in the works since June 2017.

CNN's Rex Remitio contributed to this report.