MARAWI CITY – Residents from 40 barangays of this city are set to benefit from the rehabilitation and construction of a potable water supply system worth Php400-million, fully funded by the Office of Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim.
On Tuesday, July 6, Interior and Local Government Minister Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo, who represented Chief Minister Ebrahim, led the project’s groundbreaking ceremony together with Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong.
“The water supply in Marawi City has always been a perennial problem. We have always requested for solutions to this,” said Adiong.
“Thankfully, the Bangsamoro Government has approved our request and has allotted Php400 million for this project,” the governor added.
Also present during the event were Bangsamoro Parliament Deputy Speaker Ziaur-Rahman Adiong, Marawi City Mayor Atty. Majul Gandamra, Vice Mayor Anwar Romoros, and other local government officials of the province.
“This demonstrates the continuing commitment of the Bangsamoro Government to respond to the needs of our communities, and partner with willing and able LGUs in the region. It is also a fulfillment of the commitment of the Chief Minister expressed in his 12 Point Agenda that Marawi rehabilitation is a priority,” said Sinarimbo.
The Bangsamoro Government, he said, also handed over the checks representing 50 percent of the project cost to fast track its implementation.
The barangay beneficiaries – including Mindanao State University Area zones 1, 2 and 3, Bless Area, and the 12th Infantry Battalion vicinity towards Baranay Pugaan – are not covered by the national government’s Task Force Bangon Marawi program because they are outside the city’s most affected area (MAA) or the ‘ground zero’.
CM Ebrahim and Governor Adiong earlier signed the memorandum of agreement for the construction of the said project on May 13 at Camp Darapanan, in Sultan Kudarat municipality.
Water supply is among the basic necessities vastly affected by the five-month long Marawi siege in 2017.
During the 4th year commemoration of the Marawi Siege on May 23, CM Ebrahim vowed that “hindi iiwan ng Bangsamoro Government ang IDPs (internally displaced persons) ng Marawi. Laging nandito ang Bangsamoro para sa kapwa Bangsamoro.”
With an initial fund of Php500 million, BARMM launched on October last year its Marawi Rehabilitation Program (MRP) as part of its continued interventions for the recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of the city.
BARMM allocated another Php500-million fund for this year. (Bangsamoro Information Office)