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Government execs meet to firm up Bangon Marawi plan

Member agencies of Task Force “Bangon Marawi” met last Friday to discuss the various recovery plans for the war-torn city. 

The meeting was held at the social hall of the Department of National Defense (DND) building in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Task Force Bangon Marawi executive director, Defense Undersecretary Cesar Yano, chaired the meeting that was attended by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and Civil Defense administrator and representatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, departments of national defense, public works, education, health, science and technology, budget, and trade, National Economic and Development Authority, National Housing Authority, National Electrification Authority, Office of Civil Defense, and Mindanao Development Authority.

By virtue of Administrative Order No. 3, Task Force Bangon Marawi was organized to lead the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts for communities affected by the Marawi crisis.

Yano was designated by NDRRMC chairperson and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana as the executive director of the task force during the recent special/emergency NDRRMC full council meeting.

The task force has been tasked to organize and deploy a quick response team that will address the immediate needs of Marawi City’s displaced and severely affected families.

It has also been directed to facilitate the conduct of post-conflict needs assessment in Marawi and develop a comprehensive rehabilitation and recovery program for the city and other affected areas.

“Task Force Bangon Marawi shall bear the build back better principle in its rehabilitation and recovery efforts, steering a culture of peace in Marawi communities and the rest of Mindanao,” Yano said.

School children in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur affected by armed hostilities are also now pursuing elementary studies in temporary learning spaces (TLS) away from conflict zone will receive needed food supplement from a foreign Muslim country, officials said today.

This, after the Turkish government through the Turk Isbirligi Ve Koordinasyon Idaresi Baskanligi (TIKA) decided to expand is feeding program from other ARMM areas to children displaced by war in Marawi, according to Dr. John Magno, Department of Education (DeptEd-ARMM) regional secretary.

Magno told reporters TIKA is most known as the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency. According to TIKA representative to the Philippines Enes Dolukup, the humanitarian partnership with DepEd will benefit thousands of Maranao elementary pupils ejected out of their homes when Maute terrorist group laid siege in the Islamic City in May.

“TIKA will help expand our program so we can feed more school children now in learning centers we recently established in school campuses outside of Marawi City,” Magno said.

TIKA will establish kitchens in school campus where the TLS are located to provide daily nutritious food ration to pupils.

The Turk office has programs promoting economic growth, trade, education and social development of poor citizens in Muslim Mindanao region.

DepEd-ARMM and the Department of Health along with regional humanitarian workers have been feeding children from Marawi City with hot meals in the morning.

A Church-based non-government organization, Gawad Kalinga and World Food Programme are also providing food for children affected by the conflict.

Magno said the feeding program will continue as long as the school children are still in TLS or until they are safe to return in their respective school campuses after the conflict is over.

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