Press Briefing

Bangon Marawi Press Briefing by Director General Harold Clavite Philippine Information Agency with Chairman Eduardo del Rosario Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima Deputy Administrator for Administration Office of Civil Defense

Event Bangon Marawi
Location Press Briefing Room, New Executive Building, Malacañan Palace

OPENING STATEMENTS:

DIR. GEN. CLAVITE: Thank you, Sweden. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Maayong buntag MPC.

In Marawi, the government deals not only with the rehabilitation of the city but of the people.

This is the framework by which Task Force Bangon Marawi approaches the ongoing reconstruction, rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts.

People are starting to return to Marawi and with their return, comes a new set of challenges.

The Task Force now under the leadership of HUDCC Chairperson Secretary Eduardo del Rosario in close coordination and cooperation of local government units and other partners strives to respond to these challenges and is duty bound to empower affected populations to reclaim their lives.

A series of “Kambalingan” or homecoming and Brigada Marawi was facilitated last week by the city government of Marawi, the province of Lanao del Sur and the ARMM government, which highlighted selfless commitment to help and the spirit of volunteerism among our people.

A series of “Mashwara” or community gathering and Serbisyo Caravan was conducted.

In the Mashwara, play and entertainment were organized for the children and ID registration services were provided by the local Civil Registrar’s Office.

May we realize that our people remain strong and resilient despite the predicaments they face and they are ever willing to work with government in getting them back on their feet.

Through these efforts, we hope to not only respond to the countrymen’s immediate needs but also to strengthen active participation among them.

On that note, we welcome you all to today’s Bangon Marawi press briefing.

I’d like to call on the Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairperson, Secretary Eduardo del Rosario.

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Members of the media, good morning.

I assume the leadership of Task Force Bangon Marawi last October 27 and we are taking on the challenge.

To trigger our press conference today, I will be giving a short presentation so that we’ll have a common perspective or baseline of the current situation in Marawi City and the interventions that the government would like to undertake.

So for our updates… [next slide, please] I will talk about the profile of Marawi City, so that we will know ano ba ang profile ng Marawi, conflict-affected areas, the transitory shelters being built by the government, the permanent housing and rehabilitation plan.

[Next]

From this Marawi profile, we can see that there are about 201,000 people and covering an area of 8,400. And their sources of income come from agriculture, trading and employment to both public and private sector.

And as far as the city’s competitive index ranking is concerned, in 2016, it ranked 139 out of 145 cities. And unfortunately for this year, it ranked the lowest, 145 out of 145 cities.

So we can see that Marawi City is not that competitive and we are hoping that with the rehabilitation of Marawi, it will improve and be in the top 25 percent bracket in as far as competitive city is concerned.

Now, I would like to focus on the sources of income. Take note that in agricultural aspect, it has 40 percent — it provides 40 percent source of income and for trading 45 percent with 15 percent on employment for both public and private sector.

So in as far as interventions are concerned, and to trigger the economic activity in Marawi City, we are focusing on these two major areas: agriculture and trading; and that is to trigger economic activity.

[Next]

This is the conflict-affected areas: 96 barangays. You will notice that out of 96, the ground zero or the main battle area is about 33 barangays and it is colored red in our map.

And we have 13 barangays medium affectation and 50 barangays least affectation.

Some pictures of the ground area. [Next] And pictures of some damaged buildings.

[Picture presentation]

The first intervention of — conducted by the government is in the transitory shelter so that we can decongest the evacuees in 69 evacuation centers.

So this is Barangay Sagonsongan. It is where we will put up 1,175 temporary housing units.

This is about 3.5 kilometers away from ground zero in as far as air distance is concerned.

So these are the six areas that we are focusing on. [Next]

We are putting up electrical posts so that once the occupants will come in, they will have electricity.

We are putting deep wells that can provide water to 1,170 families.

We have a video of the enter site. [Play the video]

[Video presentation]

‘Yung white lines, nakikita niyo concrete ang area ha, parang subdivision type with common facilities.

So pag-occupy ng ating mga kababayan, merong kuryente, merong tubig at ang road networks made of concrete.

We will link the Provincial Capitol, it’s about two kilometers away going to the provincial capital.
So we will rebuild this road that became impassable because it was not — the construction was not completed before.

The transitory shelter has 22 square meter with a toilet and bath per unit.

So merong septic tank and the drainage system is provided to ensure that it will last for two to three years.

Kung wala tayong drainage system baka in less than a year, magkaroon na ng problema diyan sa road networks natin pati sa mga housing units.

So we’d like to ensure that when they occupy the entire area, it will withstand longer period of stay as we are constructing the permanent shelter of those who signified their intention to have a permanent shelter. [Next]

By middle of December to — until December 20 or before Christmas, we intend to give 500 families as a minimum. It can reach 600 depending on the weather condition in Marawi City.

Because in Marawi almost always merong ulan pagkatapos ng noontime. So our contractors start working as early as six in the morning so that they can maximize the time that there is no rain.

So by — we are committing to provide 500 for a minimum housing units not later than December 20.

On permanent housing, there is a requirement of 2,747 housing units and the local government is providing 33 hectares. And this lot is already available and we are very fortunate there is San Miguel Foundation actually committed to build 5,000 permanent housing units.

The requirement is only 2,747 units as of now, but San Miguel Foundation is willing to provide even 5,000 housing units.

So we inspected the place yesterday and the instruction of the SMC President Ramon Ang for his people to immediately start the construction.

On the part of HUDCC, NHA, Pag-IBIG, and HLURB are working together so that we can provide socialized or low-cost housing units for employed government employees or gainfully employed civilians in Marawi City.

There are about more than 2,000 faculty and employees of the Mindanao State University and initially 1,000 faculty and employees signified already to purchase or to have a housing loan with Pag-IBIG and it will be constructed by NHA.

On the rehabilitation plan, again, the minimum and medium and maximum affectation. [Next]

The tool being conducted worldwide is for us to conduct a post conflict needs assessment. The post conflict needs assessment is being undertaken so that we will know the actual damages and opportunity loss on the ground in the affected area.

Once we have determined the total damages and opportunity loss then we will factor in now the rehabilitation cost of the damages and the opportunity loss.

And that’s the time that we can compute and make plans for the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan of Marawi. Our concern now is that we are through with Clusters 1 to 10 — we have completed the post conflict needs assessment. However, we are now suspended in the conduct of this activity because of the presence of some stragglers in the main battle area or ground zero.

So it is suspended and we hope that by the end of the month or early December, we can start with the PCNA so that we will have a complete data before we can come up with a complete package of the Master Rehabilitation Plan.

So that is the present situation why the PCNA is on hold, it is suspended. But we have completed 49 barangays and there are still 47 barangays remaining.

And the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan will be undertaken by NEDA in coordination with other concerned agencies, the local government units, NGOs and civil society organizations so that we can come up with a complete package of rehabilitation plan.

The focus of early interventions are the following: we will focus on the delivery of food, water, electricity, housing, livelihood, health services and hospital facilities that were destroyed, the classrooms, place of worship, wet and dry market and road networks.

Now, I would like to focus on the 24 barangays that cover about 200-250 hectares that was destroyed 80-90 percent. The focus of the rehabilitation will be in this area and we intend to develop this 80-90 percent destroyed community. We will flatten it.

It will be subjected to land development so that at the end of the day after the rehabilitation, the central business district of Marawi City will be a world-class city that can be — we can say that much, much better than it was before.

[Next] I would like to show you the video of the ground zero that was taken last Saturday.

[‘Yung Agus River ba’t ‘di nailabas sa video?]

‘Yung part two? Kasi ‘yung Marawi nahahati ‘yan sa gitna ng river about 100-meters wide and it is called the Agus River.

I would like that be shown to you so that you can picture out the beauty of Marawi City.

‘Yan look at the Agus River. ‘Yung mga nakapunta na sa inyo sa abroad, makita niyo lahat ng metropolis mayroon silang river and they are using it for a boat ride to attract tourists. Mayroong night cruise, mayroong day cruise.

So if we can transform that after the rehabilitation para Marawi City will become a tourist place in Mindanao. I think they can rise faster.

So that is the intention of the rehabilitation plan pagka finilaten (flatten) natin ang buong area at sinubject (subject) natin sa land development pati ‘yung mga electrical posts sa ilalim na. So it will become a modern Marawi City. And this will be a tourist spot.

Okay, the map — that’s the one — the red one. Look at the far side of the river on the other side. We will make it as a pathway or a park from end to end.

The center will be a place for boat ride, if that would be possible. And the Lake Lanao, the bottom area, that’s Lake Lanao. It can be converted into resort areas so that we can attract more international as well as local tourists.

[Next] I visited one evacuation center and when I went out, I was surprised to see soldiers and children singing.[please show the video].

Despite staying there for five months, they’re still optimistic of their future and we share the sentiments of these children.

Okay. When I was appointed by the President as the Chair of Task Force Bangon Marawi, I issued this statement:

“I humbly accept the enormous challenge entrusted by the President of rebuilding Marawi City. We will not only rebuild the physical structures but also rebuild the dreams of residents for a better future and a more progressive and secure Marawi.”

And that is the intention of the national government in partnership with the private sector.

So that ends my presentation. We are ready for the Q & A.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

Alvin Baltazar (Radyo Pilipinas): Chairman Del Rosario, magandang umaga po.

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Good morning.

Mr. Baltazar: Good morning, sir. Sir, clarification lang po dun sa ido-donate na — ni ano, ni Mr. Ramon Ang, 5,000 permanent houses po. Bukod po ba ‘yun dun sa mahigit 2,000 pa na gagawin naman ng government?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: ‘Yung 2,700 plus requirement for transitory housing unit that’s temporary shelter only.

So eventually, those staying in the temporary shelter while their houses are being built in their respective lots, they will stay temporarily in the transitional shelter.

Now, there are those who would like to transfer to a permanent shelter simply because they do not have a house, they do not have a lot.

So ito ‘yung mga nakatira along the Agus River, mga squatters sila doon, so informal settler families.

The local government will not allow them to go back there anymore. So we will provide temporary shelter.

So in the moment, only 2,747 signified their intention to have a permanent shelter that will be provided by the government and this is the one that will be constructed and given by San Miguel Foundation.

Actually, they offered 5,000 but the requirement is only — the need on the ground is only 2,747. So that will be provided by the San Miguel Foundation.

Mr. Baltazar: Ito, Chairman, dun sa 33 hectares ano?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Yes, in the 33 hectares.

Mr. Baltazar: Oo. Sir, ‘yun bang mga nai-donate ng China na mga heavy equipments ginagamit na po ba ngayon?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Yes, it’s there now. It was given to DPWH. And DPWH is — they are deploying it in Marawi.

Mr. Baltazar: Sir, ihahabol ko na lang po kay Asec. Purisima. Sir, sabi po kanina sa presentation ni Chairman del Rosario, 49 barangays, tapos na ‘yung post conflict needs assessment. So, sir, baka initially meron na po tayong cost of damage?

ASEC. PURISIMA: Wala pa tayong nire-release na cost of damage ‘no.

We will release them ‘pag na totally na-evaluate na natin ‘yung initial PCNA dun sa 49 barangays at titingnan na rin natin ‘yung pag-resume ng PCNA dun sa remaining barangays ‘pag may clearance na.

Pero as a policy, hindi muna tayo naglalabas ng initial damage or cost ‘no para hindi naman ma-distort ‘yung figures down the line.

So that’s part of the methodology of our PCNA.

Alexis Romero (Philippine Star): General del Rosario, you mentioned about the suspension of the needs assessment in 47 barangays because of the presence of terrorists, mga ilan pa po ‘yung nandoon?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Actually, ‘yung last estimate natin is about 50. Pero of the 50, marami na ring mga na-neutralize ng government because they’re fighting it out.

So hopefully, by third week or last week of November, it will be done already so that we can start with the PCNA at the soonest possible time.

Mr. Romero: So, when do you expect to complete the needs assessment for the entire Marawi?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Yes. Once it is done by, let’s say, first week of December, it can be completed in two weeks.

Then they will devote one week for the [right shop?] so that they will combine the 49 and plus the 47 barangays then we can [up?] with the workable figure, an amount that would be needed to rehabilitate Marawi City.

Mr. Romero: But how serious is the — is the threat posed by this remaining 50 or about 50 terrorists who are still in the area?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Actually, it’s not only the resistance ano. It’s — actually, while going every building, our troops are also careful because of the unexploded bombs or there might be some ordnance in the area.

Mr. Romero: Thank you po.

Cedric Castillo (GMA-7): Good afternoon, sir. Sir, ‘yung na-mention niyo kanina, sir, sa MBA, ifa-flatten na ‘yung mga structures dun ano po, ‘yung 200 to 250 hectares. Sir, tanong ko lang, sir, does it need — does it require consent nung private owners na ifa-flatten na ‘yung mga properties?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: We are going to [call?] them. In fact, this coming November 22, I’ll be meeting all the stakeholders, the ulamas, the sultanates, the local government units of Marawi, Lanao del Sur and ARMM, I will go to Marawi City and talk to them about that plan.

Actually, even before coming up with that plan, I was able to talk to some Marawi leaders and for them, that’s their suggestion but we would like to get the majority of the populace supporting that plan.

Because at the moment, if you will look at the destruction, if 80, 90 percent of the 200 barangays — 200 hectares of the 24 barangays were destroyed, I think, that is the best way to do because you cannot rehabilitate or reconstruct those buildings. It’s all skeleton eh. Wala nang kuwan, pati foundation niyan na-weak kasi nasunog, tinamaan ng bomba.

So it’s quite unsafe to rehabilitate these buildings. So the best way and to put order to the commercial district of Marawi City is to subject it to land development.

Instead of let’s say, the main road, na magkaroon tayo ng two lanes, gagawin nating four lanes. Lalakihan na natin para talagang pagka bumalik at in-allow nating bumalik ‘yung mga private owners, they can really stand with a better foundation.

Mr. Castillo: Sir, granting po that they approved of the plan, paano po ang magiging compensation doon sa — mag-zero in lang tayo dun sa MBA po, sir. Paano magiging compensation dun sa private owners po?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Hindi pa natin napag-uusapan ‘yang compensation ano. Ang kinukuha natin, ‘yung sa permanent shelter pa lang ‘yung mga walang bahay at walang lupa.

With regards to the buildings that were destroyed, privately-owned, that is a different policy that would be addressed by government.

I was asking some partners in other countries and I was told that governments actually do not compensate the private owners. But at the moment, we don’t have a policy guidance regarding that.

Mr. Castillo: Sir, I understand kasi parang may — iba ‘yung kalakaran diyan pagka giyera ‘yung sumira dun sa property ‘di po ba, sir?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: That’s the point. Kaya nga pagka even — kung natural ito o man-made, sinabi natin man-made ang cause ‘yung — kunyari natural, even natural causes in Tacloban, sa Region 8, walang private properties na kinompensate ang government.

Mr. Castillo: Sir. Sir, follow up lang, sir, on — last on my part, sir. I suppose it’s a welcome development ‘yung sinasabi niyo kanina na to make it a world-class tourist spot, may mga boat rides pa na planong ganiyan, sir. But, I suppose, the question is ano po ‘yung rationale behind going beyond bringing it back to — bringing Marawi to what it was, sir? Going beyond it, parang ide-develop pa more than how it used to be before the war, sir. Ano po ‘yung rationale behind diyan?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Ang objective lahat ng mga damaged communities is to bring back better.

Even sa Yolanda, ‘yan ang palaging sinasabi, “bring back better communities.”

So I think this is an unfortunate incident that you would like, at the end of the day, convert it into a positive one. And the best thing to do is to make it much, much better.

And you will see that in as far as competitiveness is concerned, it’s the lowest in the whole country.

Sabi ko nga, if we would like to dream for a better Marawi, let’s make that dream a reality.

So that at the end of the day, we can at least show to the Muslim community that the government means well and we will do everything to help them.

Mr. Castillo: Thanks, sir.

Jopel Pelenio (DWIZ): Sir, do you have any information, sir, doon sa balita na nangako daw po ‘yung bansang Vietnam na magbibigay — babahain daw po nila ng tone-toneladang bigas doon sa Marawi po?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: I have not received that information yet. I hope.

Q: Sir, nag-pledge po ‘yung Vietnam na mag-do-donate po ng 200 metric tons po ng bigas na — in return naman po, palalalayin daw po ‘yung five Vietnamese fishermen, nag-presscon po doon sa Vietnam si Spox regarding that?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Well, I have not heard about that offer and the condition. But that is a political decision if ever.

Q: Paano po ‘yung if ever natuloy ‘yung distribution po ng rice po sa Marawi nung — ?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: It will be undertaken by DSWD.

Mr. Pelenio: Sir, follow up lang po doon sa binanggit niyo po kanina doon sa NHA na may subdivision po ata na itatayo. May tie up po ba ito, sir, sa mga private owner?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Oh yes. Usually naman pagka nagco-construct ang National Housing Authority, they use private contractors.

But this time, we would like to assure you that it will be standard housing facilities. It can withstand 7.2 magnitude and 250 kilometer per hour wind.

Dexter Ganibe (DZMM): Para kay Spox Purisima. Sir, binanggit niyo last week, may mga bumalik na dun sa siyam — unang barangay. Nakumpleto na po lahat ito, sir, ano?

ASEC. PURISIMA: Nakumpleto na ‘yung pagbabalik doon sa siyam na barangay. We’re just waiting for information from our local government unit of Marawi ‘no kung kelan ‘yung pagbabalik sa iba pang mga barangay.

Dexter Ganibe (DZMM): Sir, kamusta po ‘yung situation nila a week after silang pumasok ulit doon sa kanilang mga bahay?

ASEC. PURISIMA: Okay naman. Continuous ang monitoring ng ating local government units, ang lahat ng local chief executive at ang ating mga baragay officials ‘no kasi sila naman talaga ang nakakakilala, nakakaalam sa kanilang mga constituents.

So patuloy ‘yung pagbibigay natin sa kanila ng relief. Patuloy ‘yung pagbibigay natin sa kanila ng basic services.

And on the part of the Task Force, minomonitor ‘yun ng ating field office at pinaparating ng field office dito sa national level kung may kailangang augmentation from other government units.

Dexter Ganibe (DZMM): Nabanggit din po na tapos na ‘yung PCNA sa 49 barangays, pupwede na rin po bang pumasok, bumalik ‘yung mga residente doon sa areas?

ASEC. PURISIMA: Nag… Ito, phasing ‘to. Kasama ito doon sa inaantay nating clearance at information from our local government units.

So kasama ‘yan. ‘Yang 49 na ‘yan, so 40 na lang kasi kasama na ‘yung siyam doon sa binalikan ‘no.

So doon sa 40 na barangays, gradual phasing ang pagbabalik nila and we will announce their return pag meron ng schedule na ibinigay ang local government unit.

At parati namang nagco-coordinate ang local government unit at ang ating Task Force. In fact, the Mayor of Marawi City ay meron siyang office doon sa Task Force field office para mas buo ‘yung coordination between the Task Force and the local government.

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Okay. I would like to add something ano. Itong mga nagbalikan sa nine barangays, they were provided with food assistance good for 17 days.

So binigyan sila bawat pamilya isang sakong bigas, I think 50 cans of assorted canned goods and they were given P5,000 each family.

And I was talking to Mayor Gandamra, we were together in Makati earlier this morning. He told me that the next batch of evacuees who will return will be next week.

So let’s wait for that because it has to undergo screening, the barangay residents coming back will undergo screening while DSWD is preparing the assistance that will be provided to the next batch.

Dexter Ganibe (DZMM): Sir, follow up, bago ‘yung last point ko. Nababanggit niyo ‘yung sa 17 days na ibinigay sa kanila, hanggang kailan po ang gobyerno magaayuda doon sa mga residente na bumalik na sa kanilang mga bahay?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Well, I think, it depends on the assessment on the ground. But for me, for a minimum, it could go six months.

Dexter Ganibe (DZMM): Six months? Okay, sir last…

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Minimum ha. Minimum, but it could go one year. It depends, it depends.

Dexter Ganibe (DZMM): Last on my part. DBM Secretary yesterday announced the additional 14.5-billion budget for Bangon Marawi for 2017. This budget will be given to NDRRMC this is on top of the P5 billion na unang binanggit for 2017. Sir, papaano natin magagamit ‘to, we have only more than a month before the year ends—?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: That’s why we told the different departments to only request DBM the right amount that they can obligate or use until December 31.

If you need 500 million, don’t ask one billion. Ask 500 million only because it will just go to the general funds.

So they should conduct an estimate that will be needed until December 31. So at the end of the day, they will only be getting what they need.

Dexter Ganibe (DZMM): Sir, what will happen, sir, doon sa mga unutilized budget pagdating ng year end?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: It’s automatic. It goes to the National Treasury.

Dexter Ganibe (DZMM): Thank you.

Chona Yu (Inquirer): Sir, good morning. Chairman, there was a proposal before to preserve the ruins sa —

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: To preserve the?

Ms. Yu: Ruins, sir, doon sa main battle area. How do you respond to that?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: We are considering that. Maybe two or three buildings para — tourist spot eh ‘di ba?

So pagpunta ng ating mga tourists, they can see what happened based on the two or three buildings that we will retain and maintain as part of tourism.

[off mic]

We do no know yet. Wala pa — ako mismo, hindi pa ako nakakapunta sa ground zero eh. So we will determine that in tandem with the Department of Tourism.

Ano ‘yung very symbolic, meaningful on the part of the Marawi residents that we can tell the visitors or the tourists that these structures will tell us what happened during the conflict.

Ms. Yu: Sir, hindi ba ano ‘yun, parang ‘yung emotions ng mga taga-Marawi maaalala ulit nila ‘pag nakikita nila?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Well, maybe two ways ano. It will — it would mean that never again that their place will be — will become like that because they allowed the ISIS to enter their city.

Rose Novenario (Hataw): Good morning, General. Sir, meron pong statement ‘yung si Sidney Jones ng Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict. Nagbabala po siya na magkakaroon daw po ng resurgence ng radicalization sa Marawi ‘pag nagkaroon daw po ng diskontento ‘yung mga residente sa reconstruction and rehabilitation. Ano po ‘yung magiging assurance ng gobyerno na maiiwasan po ‘yung ganitong sitwasyon na babala po ni Ms. Jones?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Well, ang importante naman dito magkaroon ng ugnayan eh.

Engagement and inclusion of the Marawi residents in all the plans of the government. And on our part, we will ensure that what we plan, that what we promise, will be delivered to them.

I think that is the best assurance that we can provide: ensure that what we promise will be implemented strictly on the ground.

Ms. Novenario: Thank you, sir.

Mr. Castillo: Sir, pasensya na. I rephrase ko lang ‘yung question ko kanina, sir. Kung merong isang residente na nakatira doon sa MBA meron siyang building, meron siyang bahay doon and then nasira, at the moment, sir, ano po ‘yung pwede niyang asahan from the government?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: No intervention yet. Wala pang policy guidance ang government. Wala pa.

Mr. Romero: Asec. Purisima, do you have any updates on the amount of foreign donations that we already received for Marawi?

ASEC. PURISIMA: No amount — ‘yung listahan hindi pa rin nare-release. It’s just being compiled dahil meron ngang mga dumadagdag na pledges or assistance. Even from local, kasi we’re not just talking about here foreign governments ‘no.

We’re also talking about local donors, local companies, local stakeholders. So kino-compile pa rin ‘yang listahan and we will release it in due time.

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: This coming… In line with that, Ace, ano, we are meeting this coming November 15.

We would like to tackle that issue so that we can establish the mechanism.

Okay. If one country or several countries would like to donate what is the mechanism by the government, by Task Force Bangon Marawi, in order to account all these donations that will be provided? Who is the right agency that will handle it and how will it be utilized?

Mr. Romero: Salamat po.

Kris Jose (Remate): Sir, ‘yung sa mosque naman. Meron ba kayong plano, part ba ito sa magiging world-class city ng Marawi?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: Actually we could not rehabilitate — government could not rebuild mosques ano dahil that’s the separation of the church and the state.

But there are so many Muslim countries who would like to donate and they will be the ones to finance the reconstruction or construction of several mosques in Marawi City.

Ms. Jose: Muslim countries like, sir, what?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO: I just heard ano, maybe Saudi Arabia or ano. I know that they will be helping most especially in the construction of mosques.

Ms. Jose: Thank you.

Dexter Ganibe (DZMM): Kay Asec. Purisima, sir. Do we have update on the ano onslaught of Salome?

ASEC. PURISIMA: Nag-press briefing ngayon sa NDRRMC regarding that ‘no. I don’t have the figures right now and I don’t have the details. So we’ll defer to that press briefing sa NDRRMC.

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