COTABATO CITY – Through the Construction Materials Assistance (CMA) Project of BARMM’s Marawi Rehabilitation Program (MRP), an initial of 32 beneficiaries are now rebuilding or repairing their houses to move forward and bring back normalcy in their lives after the damaging aftermath of the 2017 Marawi siege.
468 more beneficiaries are expected to receive the same assistance from the Government of the Day to complete the 500 internally displaced persons targeted to benefit from the said project.
To ensure proper implementation of the project and assess the ongoing construction, the MRP conducted on Sept. 4 an onsite visitation and monitoring of the first 32 beneficiaries who are from the Most Affected Areas (MAA), specifically from the barangays of Daguduban, Tolali, South Madaya, and Lilod Madaya.
Engr. Abdulhanif A. Ondi, supervising head of the Project Component Unit of MRP Management Committee, shared that during their assessment, beneficiaries are fully making use of the construction materials provided to them by the Bangsamoro Government.
“Tiningnan namin kung na-serve ba talaga yung purpose ng project, which is dapat makapagpatayo sila ng kanilang mga bahay. […] binisita namin kada isang beneficiary kung ano na ang status ng pagpapatayo nila ng bahay, and I can say na 93.5% ay nagsimula na magpatayo ng bahay,” he said.
CMA Project has three (3) components: provision of construction materials, training for laborers, and subsidies for laborers. The building materials are worth P240,000 and specifically consist of four (4) items: formworks, concrete and masonry, plumbing items, and electrical materials.
MRP also partnered with MBHTE-TESD for the training of the beneficiaries, who shall also serve as laborers, primarily on carpentry, masonry, and electrical installation. To further assist the laborers, a subsidy worth Php60,000 shall also be granted to them.
Accordingly, the CMA project is an original idea of the implementing office, with no similar existing project as basis. Challenges in the operations, particularly in the warehousing of the construction materials, were faced upon implementation, which they hope to address in the second phase of the project.
“Sa pag-conceptualize ng project, kasi nga itong CMA wala kaming naging guide. Hindi pa ito ganun ka-perfect, may mga loopholes kaming nakita lalo na sa warehousing ng materials. Pero ginagawaan naman namin ng paraan,” Ondi said, recalling some of the issues faced in their operation.
Marawi rehabilitation is given utmost primacy in the prioritization of the BARMM Government, being one of the Enhanced 12-Point Priority Agenda of Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim. (Bai Omairah Yusop/with reports from MRP-OCM)