Category Archives: TFBM

THE RUINS OF MARAWI (1): A year after liberation, Meranaws await rehabilitation

By Carolyn O. Arguillas MindaNews and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/PCIJ / 17 October) -– The groundbreaking for the government’s ambitious rehabilitation of this city was supposed to take place today, the first anniversary of Marawi’s “liberation” from the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group that had laid siege on it last year. Last […]

Meranaws to Duterte: “Let us go home;” Groundbreaking reset to Oct. 28

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /14 Oct) — Displaced from their homes and source of livelihood since15 months ago, Marawi residents who have yet to return home, particularly those from Ground Zero, the former main battle area between government and the IS-inspired Maute Group, have launched a new movement to collect on a year-old promise of President […]

Marawi’s debris management contractor named; Oct. 17 eyed for ‘Ground Zero’ groundbreaking

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 October) —  October 17, the first anniversary of President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Marawi City’s “liberation” after a five-month war, is the new target date for the groundbreaking rites that would mark the start of rehabilitation in Marawi’s ‘Ground Zero.’ “Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby declare Marawi City liberated from […]

Displaced Marawi residents to return to Ground Zero for Kambisita 2

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 August) — Displaced families from Marawi City’s Ground Zero or the Main Affected Area (MAA)  will be allowed to return to their villages during the second “kambisita” (visit) in September to establish ownership of the destroyed properties before government starts the debris clearing. Housing Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, chair of […]

Marawi rehab’s total fund requirement: 86.5 billion pesos

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 August) — The total funding requirement for the rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction of Marawi City is 86.5 billion pesos, inclusive of 20 billion pesos for compensation for those who lost their homes or commercial establishments in the country’s lone Islamic city during the five-month siege last year. Housing Secretary Eduardo […]

Groundbreaking in Marawi’s Ground Zero reset anew; Sept. 19 is target date

DAVAO CITY (Mindanews / 19 August) — From May to June to July to August, September 19 is the new target date for groundbreaking in Marawi City’s ‘Ground Zero,’ the former main battle area between government forces and Islamic State-inspired groups, now referred to as ‘Most Affected Area’ or MAA. Actual groundbreaking “may be earlier… […]

Marawi rehab: “The people must be the owners of the plans that are being drawn for their future”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 July) — As government awaits the submission of requirements this week of a Chinese firm serving as second proponent for the reconstruction of Marawi City’s Ground Zero after the first proponent was declared ineligible, representatives of civil society organizations in Marawi City are reiterating their earlier appeal to government let […]

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 sa MAA

Displaced residents from 24 barangays in Ground Zero, the Main Battle Area during the five-month siege last year (now referred to as MAA or Most Affected Area) can visit their villages “and retrieve their personal belongings” from April 1 to May 10 at three days per sector through Kambisita sa MAA (Visit MAA). Kambisita is a […]

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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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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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Minda biz sector lays down 5-point advocacy for Marawi rehab

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 December) —  Business leaders in Mindanao have laid down a five-point advocacy agenda for government to consider to help hasten the recovery of business activities and uplift the status of displaced Meranaws in war-torn Marawi City. Ruben Begafria, trustee for Mindanao Business Council (MinBC)-Northern Mindanao, presented the five-point advocacy agenda […]