Category Archives: Task Force Bangon Marawi

Marawi rehab: Bagong Marawi Consortium is out, Chinese firm engaged in hydropower is in

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) — It’s back to zero for Marawi’s Ground Zero. There will be no groundbreaking rites on the first week of July as earlier announced by Housing Secretary and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chair Eduardo del Rosario because negotiations with the Chinese-led Bagong Marawi Consortium (BMC) on the development […]

Groundbreaking rites for Marawi’s Ground Zero plan moved to 1st week July

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 June) — Groundbreaking rites to mark the start of the reconstruction of Marawi’s Ground Zero has been moved to the first week of July as negotiations with the Chinese-Filipino consortium that will undertake the project are still ongoing, Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, Housing Secretary and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chair […]

OUR MARAWI: Transitional Justice-Dealing with the Past and Marawi

“In the guise of rebuilding our homes, in the guise of laying down the foundations of a better, progressive and modern city, the will and vision of those who live far from us who built this city are being imposed upon us. This is an invasion of a different kind. This one threatens to rob […]

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“Kambisita” update: 2,606 families visit Marawi City’s Ground Zero from April 1 to 10

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) — A total of 2,606 families have visited their villages in four out of 24 barangays in Marawi City’s Ground Zero through Kambisita sa MAA (Visit the Most Affected Area) from April 1 to 10, according to reports reaching Assistant Secretary Felix Castro said, field office manager of Task […]

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Duterte to Meranaws: “I will do what is best for you so do not hurry me up”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 April) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Meranaws, particularly those displaced from Marawi City’s Ground Zero, the former main battle area between government forces and the Maute Group (now refered to as MAA or Most Affected Area), to be patient and not to hurry him up because he wants […]

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Marawi’s Ground Zero residents can start rebuilding homes by 1st quarter 2020

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 April) — They waited nearly 11 months before they could visit their homes — or what is left of them — in Marawi City’s Ground Zero. But they will wait even longer before they could return and finally rebuild their homes there. Residents from Ground Zero, the former main battle […]

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Returning to Marawi’s Ground Zero as “visitors,” displaced residents ask when they can return to rebuild their homes

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 April) — Nearly a thousand families who resided in Marawi until they were forced out of the city by the five-month siege that started on May 23 last year, have finally returned home — or what used to be their homes or shops in Ground Zero — but only for […]

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Marawi IDPs to Duterte: “Grant us our right to rebuild this city”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) — Displaced residents of Marawi City are appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte to grant the Meranaws their right to rebuild Marawi City as they rejected the proposed rehabilitation plans “being imposed upon us” — including an ecozone and a military camp — by “those who live far from us.” […]

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OUR MARAWI: A call to return to our homes is a privilege or a right?

Bismillah Hirahmanir Rahim. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. One of the gaps construed between the Task Force Bangon Marawi – Government and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) is sending wrong information, false hope, and false expectation to the IDPs. I think the government in general, should think that no […]

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Marawi’s ‘Ground Zero’ residents finally allowed to visit April 1 to May 10

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 25 March) — Ten months after they were forced to flee their homes and shops, residents of 24 barangays in the 250-hectare ‘Ground Zero’ — the main battle area in the five-month siege that the military now refers to as “Most Affected Area” (MAA) — will finally be allowed to visit […]

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Marawi ‘bakwits’ told they’d transfer to Sagonsongan soon but where are the houses?  

SAGONSONGAN, Marawi City (MindaNews / 12 October) — “Come back here on Tuesday,” the Korean contractor told MindaNews Friday afternoon, exuding with confidence that four houses made of “sandwich panels” would have been installed in this transitional shelter site a kilometer away from the welcome arch of the country’s lone Islamic City. On Tuesday noon, […]