SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
Former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo attended on Wednesday the meeting of the newly-created Committee on Disaster Management, chaired by Rep. Geraldine Roman (1st District, Bataan), to personally ensure that its rehabilitation efforts for the city of Marawi move forward at the soonest possible time.
As a priority agenda, the Committee discussed updates on its upcoming ocular inspection in Marawi City set on December 10, 2018. House Members, including Roman as well as Reps. Ansaruddin Abdul Malik Adiong, Makmod Mending Jr., Ann Hofer, Cristina “Chiqui” Roa-Puno, Marlyn Alonte, Victoria Isabel Noel, Vini Nola Ortega, Mauyag “Jun” Papandayan Jr., and Frederick Siao, shall take part in the visit.
The legislators will visit the resettlement area as directed by Speaker Arroyo in the previous hearing. Rep. Cheryl Deloso-Montalla explained that this shall determine the current status of the proposed housing development in Marawi.
The relocation sites are intended for the permanent housing and the temporary shelters of the residents who were victimized by the armed conflict in the city.
Roman raised that the 10 House Members expressed their concerns on the psychosocial effects of the war on the victims, as well as on the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the condition of their relief distribution in the area.
With this, Speaker Arroyo directed to request for a DSWD representative during the scheduled inspection.
Roman assured that the Committee has been coordinating with the army in Marawi about the security details of their visit.
She expressed her hope that this will be instrumental in the restoration of the city. “We just hope that this will be a very productive visit. This will open our eyes so that we can take further action and monitor the progress of the construction of the permanent houses and other aspects of the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the city of Marawi,” she said.
In addition, the Committee also approved the substitution of House Resolution 2211, authored by Rep. Deogracias Victor “DV” Savellano (1st District, Ilocos Sur), which seeks to enjoin all government agencies to affirm their commitment and support to facilitate the rebuilding of the cities, municipalities, and barangays in Regions 1, 2, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) severely affected by Typhoon Ompong and to immediately address operational concerns on infrastructure, agri-industry, and social engineering.
Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City) noted that the measure has already undergone numerous public hearings and deliberations. He pronounced that the Committee finds it a valid resolution.
“This will send a strong message that the government is hands on in trying to rebuild the CAR Region, as it was devastated by Typhoon Ompong. With the collective effort of all the line government agencies as embodied in the resolution, we will be able to zero in like a laser beam all government resources towards this goal,” he said. | Molie Gonzales