Press Briefing

Bangon Marawi Press Briefing with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and other Concerned Cabinet Secretaries

Event Bangon Marawi Press Brefing
Location Marawi City

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Magandang umaga, Pilipinas. Narito po tayong muli sa Marawi kagaya ng pinangako natin noong isang buwan, para po mag-formal turnover doon sa mga kauna-unahang pabahay na ibibigay natin doon sa mga kababayan natin na nasalanta ng giyera dito sa Marawi ‘no.

Ang mabuting balita po, we targeted to transfer 500 housing units… instead of just 500, we’re actually transferring 800 because 500 units will be transferred in Sagonsongan, and a further 300 will be transferred in Matungao – the Matungao Project is a project of PAGCOR.

But this afternoon, the President will turn over 500 units of housing in Sagonsongan, and this is only the first of the temporary housing units that we will be transferring to the people of Marawi as promised. So nangako po ang Presidente na babangon ang Marawi – ngayong araw po, ika-dalawampu’t pito ng Disyembre, 2017, well nagsimula na pong bumangon ang Marawi, dahil ito po iyong kauna-unahan ngang mga housing shelters na ililipat—na ibibigay sa mga naging biktima ng digmaan dito sa Marawi.

Sa Sagonsongan po, there will be 1,170 transitory shelters ‘no. Sa ngayon po, kumpleto na ang 551 housing units. Ngayon, kapag sinabi pong kumpleto ang 551 housing units, hindi lang po ‘yan mga bahay, kasama na po diyan ang kuryente at kasama na rin ang patubig ‘no. So, kumpleto po ‘yan ng utilities, hindi lang iyong istraktura.

So ngayon po kasama natin ang Chairman ng Bangon Marawi, but before we proceed, I’d like to acknowledge everyone who’s here… of course Secretary Del Rosario, the Chairman of Bangon Marawi. We also have Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, Secretary of DTI dahil I’m sure, you will have questions kung ano naman ang hanap-buhay na mayroon doon sa mga titira doon sa mga housing na ililipat natin ngayon. Nandito rin po si Undersecretary Ruth Castelo; si Asec. Ness Perez; si Usec. Badoy; Asec. Abdulgani Macatoman; RD Linda Buñao; SB and Small Business Corporation President Luna Cacanando; Secretary-General Falconi Villar; Usec. Ariel Cayanan ng Department of Agriculture; RED Carlene Collado ng DA Region X; Usec. Bai Ranibai Dilangalen ng Department of Agriculture—medyo hindi ho maganda iyong pagsulat ng pangalan [laughter]; at siyempre po, si Mayor Majul is also with us of Marawi ‘no.

So I’d like to turn over the floor now to the Chairman of Bangon Marawi, Secretary Del Rosario. Sir, congratulations… you promised and you are about to deliver this afternoon.

SEC. DEL ROSARIO:                    Maraming salamat, Sec. Harry. Magandang umaga po sa ating lahat.

Almost every week, we are here to ensure that the 500 units will be awarded by the President this afternoon. At katulong po natin diyan ang mga ahensiya ng gobyerno like DPWH, the National Housing Authority, the Local Government Units of Marawi City and the Provincial Government of Lanao Del Sur, including ARMM. At kami po ay nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng tumulong, at maibigay natin iyong pinangako natin na ibibigay na pabahay para mabawasan ang mga paghihirap ng ating kababayan sa mga evacuation centers. Hindi lang po ‘yan, at patuloy po ang ating gagawin na pagtulong para tunay na makabangon ang Marawi City.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Okay. Now I’d like to acknowledge po, the arrival of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, as well as DILG Undersecretary, General Año.

Now, si Secretary Lopez is here to address the issue of “ano namang hanap-buhay na mayroroon iyong mga kababayan natin na lilipat dito sa mga housing na ite-turn over ni President.” So Sec., can you please tell the people what’s in store for the residents of Marawi now that they have homes to go back to. What could they expect from the Department of Trade and Industry…

SEC. LOPEZ:                                     Thank you, Sec. Harry. Good morning po sa lahat.

Ang DTI po, mula pa noong nagkakagulo pa, may conflict pa, naumpisahan na po natin iyong pagtulong, pagbigay ng mga livelihood programs sa mga IDPs. Na-train po sila, may sewing machine… na-train sa mga dressmaking – iyong iba kasi nandoon na sa ganoong negosyo, noodle processing, food processing at mga iba pang mga serbisyong pang-negosyo. Over 500 po na training at livelihood programs ang naibigay sa mga IDPs noong nagkakagulo pa, may conflict pa.

Ngayon natapos na ang conflict, at mamaya ho dadagdagan pa ho natin iyong ibibigay natin. Maliban po pala doon sa mga training na naibigay, noong mga may produkto na sila, binigyan din sila ng market access. Ibig sabihin, kinuhaan po natin sila ng mga puwesto sa palengke, up to Manila, DTI po ang nagbayad ng mga puwesto para maibenta iyong mga Marawi products na ginawa ho dito. In fact, even the ground floor of DTI ginawa hong Bangon Marawi Center, kung saan ang mga produkto na galing Marawi ay naka-display doon para um-order, para bumili. Kumuha rin tayo ng mga ibang puwesto sa mall, sa mga tiangge, even doon sa Noel Bazaar, mayroon hong puwesto na binibenta ang mga Bangon Marawi products.

So… at aside from that, nag-identify po ng mga palengke around Marawi, mga bayan ng Marawi kung saan tinulungan din po ng DTI na supply-an ang continues supply ng mga products, at especially basic commodities pati na rin iyong mga paninda na manggagaling sa Bangon Marawi.

So mamaya ho, idadagdag po natin… nakapaglaan po kami ng dagdag na budget, basically bago itong matapos ang taon para makapagbigay tayo ng mga mini rice mill na may kasamang KIA BONGO – ibig sabihin hindi ito si ‘Bong Go’, kundi ito ay produkto rin ng KIA na parang truck na may pang-pick up, pang-hauling services. Kasi base ho sa mga pag-interview rito, aside from pangangailangan ng rice milling, iyong sasakyan, iyong hauling services noong mga produkto. So kasama ho iyon sa ni-request namin na budget.

So mayroon ho kaming idi-distribute mamaya, doon sa mga beneficiaries na makakatanggap noong rice mill na may Bongo, mayroon ding recipient na rice mill lang, at mayroon ding recipient na iyong sasakyan lang na KIA Bongo. Suma-total po, dose ho ang makakatanggap ng mga ganoong klaseng livelihood program, pati na rin beneficiaries ng mga starter kits sa electronics – may 20 tayong pagbibigyan niyan. Sa carpentry, mga tools – may 20 rin na pagbibigyan niyan.

And then, another set of mga sewing machines – mga 35… oo 35 dito, pero mayroon kaming 200. Hindi kasi lahat maibibigay mamaya, nilimitahan po tayo… pero we will be allotting 200 na mga pang-sewing machines for garments making para—dahil iyon po ang nakita naming strength din noong mga tao dito noong in-interview po sila, na iyon ang gagawin nilang panghanap-buhay. At iyong produce nila, iyon naman po ang tutulungan din natin silang makabenta. Okay.

Tapos kasabay po noon, we’re working on pagbubukas ng mga public market. May na-identify na po na mga lugar in coordination with HUDCC, iyong GMA Terminal or the Provincial Capitol, Brgy. Tampilong. As an update also, tinuloy po natin iyong—imbes na rolling store, ginawa ho nating parang permanent rolling store; naggawa rin ho tayo ng mga commissaries sa mga iba’t ibang lugar around Marawi.

Panghuli: on financing naman. So ang financing, nag-umpisa ho tayong nagbigay din doon dahil doon sa Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3). Pero ngayon ho, nandito ho ang Presidente ng SB Corporation, Small Business Corporation, naggawa pa kami ng special program na magbibigay naman ng financing na interest-free, up to 100 thousand doon sa eligible na mga borrowers, na iyong mga dating nasa negosyo na, mayroon hong mga papeles lang kaming hihingin para may proof na dating nagnenegosyo at kailangan ng pang-umpisa ulit.

So zero interest, ito po’y ibibigay mula… actually, nag-umpisa ito noong December, itong December 4 hanggang April. So ibig sabihin ng interest-free, pati service fee, free ‘no. Kasi ho after that, ang practice po dito walang interest pero may service fee. Ito ho ngayon, up to April zero, wala muna. At mangyayari ho, every Friday starting January 5 ay uumpisahan iyong briefing po dito sa Kapitolyo every Friday, mula po sa SB Corporation para ho mas maraming makaalam at hopefully maraming maka-avail noong financing. Ito ho ang pangangailangan din noong mga nagnenegosyo. So iyon po muna, Sec.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Bago po tayo magpatuloy, I’d like to acknowledge the arrival of General Guerrero, our Chief of Staff. Sir, good morning. We also have General Galvez, the Commander of our WESMINCOM. We also have General Murillo, Division Commander. We have General Bautista, CGPA. We have, of course, Col. Brawner, the Liaison ‘no between the AFP and the Bangon Marawi. And we also have Usec. Eduardo Gongona of the Bureau of Fisheries ‘no. Admiral Impedral of the Philippine Navy. Kung hindi ko po kayo na-recognize, my apologies… send me your names po and I will acknowledge you. And General Kintanar, okay, Air Force Chief. Oo nakita namin siya sa Clark ‘no, noong nagpunta sa Clark.

Now, I’d like to turn over the floor now to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Sir marami pong nagtatanong, ano daw status noong recruitment ng mga kalaban diyan sa outlying areas ng Marawi.

SEC. LORENZANA:                       Good morning. Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat.

Tungkol naman po doon sa mga nababalitang recruitment na… mino-monitor natin ‘yan. Mayroon din kaming nababalitaan, mayroon ding nababalitaan iyong mga military. But hanggang ngayon balita lang naman, wala pang napapa-re-confirmation na merong recruitment sila. Although naririnig din namin sa ibang mga intelligence services ng ibang bansa, na itong mga ISIS-affiliated dito na mga tao, ay humihingi ng tulong, financial  help from their comrades in the Middle East – iyon ang balita namin. So ibig sabihin, kinapos sila sa resources, and kung wala silang resources, mahihirapan silang mag-recruit.

Anyway mayroon rin tayong recruitment sa atin, sa military, sa Army, mayroon din tayong recruitment. We are also recruiting minorities to join the military, mga pulis na rin kung qualified sila, they can join us. So iyon ang balita as of now about the recruitment news sa area.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Thank you, Sec. Now si Mayor Majul Gandamra… Mayor can you brief us, how many families have actually returned to Marawi ‘no, now that we have initially 500 plus 300 shelters, temporary shelters available? Ano pong latest figures?

MAYOR GANDAMRA:               Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat. Sa ngayon po ay, ang ating mga evacuees ay nakabalik na ho dito sa Marawi City. At first, ang mga nakabalik ho dito iyong 19 barangays and additionally, nagkaroon po tayo ng pagbabalik noong 8 barangays consisting of 18 thousand families – and that would be equivalent to more than 90 thousand individuals po ang sa ngayon po ay nakabalik dito sa Marawi City. And ongoing po ang ating restoration of all the vital facilities, like for example, electricity and water supply. So ‘yan po ang ating ginagawa ngayon, and in coordination with the DTI, binabalik po natin ang ating—iyong livelihood para sa ating mga kababayan, kung saan as a result of this siege ay nagkaroon po ng kawalan ng hanap-buhay.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Thank you. Siguro… General Guerrero, Chief of Staff. Ano pong status ngayon ng Armed Forces? How many troops remain stationed here Marawi? How many have we reassigned, just to give the public an idea po?

GEN. GUERRERO:                        For now, nagsimula na po tayo ng ating drawn out ng forces dito. Pero at the end of the drawn out, we expect that there will still be around 7 battalions here in Marawi to maintain iyong security. This is especially so that, we are now undertaking itong reconstruction saka rehabilitation efforts. So we need the security forces to [inaudible]. And we have also 1 engineering brigade, the 54th Engineering Brigade, to assist dito sa reconstruction effort.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   General, iyong mga gumagawa po ng mga temporary shelters, nabibigyan po natin sila ng security dito?

GEN. GUERRERO:                        Opo. Priority po natin iyong security po ng construction workers ng temporary shelters [inaudible].

SEC. ROQUE:                                   And… thank you General. Since have representatives from the different line agencies, may I call on some of them. Usec. Ariel, DA… ano naman pong support ang nabibigay natin dito sa mga bumabalik na pong mga residente ng Marawi?

USEC. CAYANAN:                         Maraming salamat, Secretary. Number one po, araw-araw naghahabilin po ang Kalihim bagama’t wala siya rito, na i-prioritize po ang Task Force Bangon Marawi. Kanina—ang DA po, hindi na po nagtatrabahong individual, we are working in convergence like… kay DTI po kay Boss Mon.

USEC. ARIEL CAYANAN:          Narinig ninyo po kanina ang sabi ni Boss Mon magdi-distribute po siya ng mga rice mill. So we see to it na kapag nag-distribute po ng rice mill si Sec. Mon eh may gigilingin naman po. Kaya immediately po, ito po immediate, itu-turn over na po mamaya ang mga sumusunod: Assorted vegetables seeds, mayroon po tayong hybrid rice seeds, open pollinated corn seeds, certified dried seeds, upland dried seeds, complete fertilizers, urea at saka po mga inbred rice. Bakit po magkakaiba ang seeds na iyon? Kasi clinasify (classify) na po natin kung ano ang naaangkop sa bawat lupa at saka iyong kanilang kalinangan sa pagsasaka.

On top of it, eh dahil po Bangon Marawi, sisiguraduhin na po nating gagamit ng makabagong teknolohiya ang mga magsasaka kaya po immediately eh may itu-turn over na po tayong mga hand tractor—four wheel drive na tractor po, 100 horsepower. So makikita ninyo po sasakay na po sila sa mga makabagong tractor. Pito po ang 35 horsepower po na four wheel drive na tractor combine harvester so medyo mapapabilis ang kanilang pagha-harvest at magiging efficient.  Corn Sheller, rice presser at saka po water pump. Kasi po kapag wala pong natural irrigation sila, may iha-harness para po even dry at saka wet season eh makapagsaka po sila.

On top of it po sa agrikultura iyon pong long term naman, again kasama po ang BPI at saka po ang ‘Go Negosyo’ iyong kay Presidential Assistant for Entrepreneurship, tuturuan din po natin sila sa pamamagitan po ng agri-preneurial mentorship kung papaano naman po ang kanilang aanihin hanggang po sa pagpoproseso ay mapakinabangan po nila at maging high value, dahil po nandidito na ang ating Undersecretary for BFAR para mas detalyado with the permission of Sec. Harry idi-defer ko po iyong para sa tubig naman po at saka sa Aquaculture. Usec. Gongona, please…

USEC. EDUARDO GONGONA:               Good morning po. Kami po sa Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources at sa pamumuno ni Secretary Manny Piñol, kabilin-bilinan po niya na magbigay po sa—tinututukan po namin iyong buong Lanao Lake at mayroon siyang programa at may programa na magbibigay kami ng 500 units na bangka, kasabay na po iyon ng bu[inaudible] at bawat bangka po iyong recipient noon bibigyan pa ng two thousand-five hundred (2,500) initial na pangkabuhayan po nila. Para po sa Marawi, magbibigay po ng 50—actually po 200 units ang ibibigay sa Marawi pero sa ngayon 50 units initial, mga sampu sa (municipality of) Ditsaan-Ramain complete with the 60 units [inaudible] and of course the corresponding cash para makapagsimula po sila ng kabuhayan po nila.

At iyan po ay—mayroon po kaming programa po na BASIL (Balik Sigla ng mga Ilog at Lawa.) We are rehabilitating and populating all the rivers, tributaries sa major lakes and minor lakes ‘yan. Kaya ngayon nakatutok po kami ngayon sa Lanao, pangalawa po itong pagtatapos ng Laguna Lake last year, ngayon naman ay iyong Lanao lalagyan po namin ito ng 200 million—2 million fingerlings at 50,000—50 breeders, para continuous po ang suplay ng mga fingerlings dito po sa Lake Lanao and puro po ito, not invasive fish species para hindi po nakakasira ng ating mga environment and of course—mga pagkain natin and that would be the program of BFAR envisioned by the DA Secretary, thank you po.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   And we also have Usec.—General Año. Sir, ano pong DILG involvement naman po dito sa Marawi?

USEC. AÑO:                                     Update of what the DILG has contributed: Firstly, dito sa ating mga local Chief Executive, this is under ARMM. Both in the provincial and the City, they perform consistently while growing enough courtesies. Most government offices under their jurisdiction functioned in the delivery of the basic services and they’re coordinated and cooperated with the security forces at all levels. And also we have programs like conducting summit, the traditional leaders, Ulama and local government units in different Peace Summit in coordination with our military forces in order to counter violent extremism. For the PNP, we have increased the police capacity and coverage of operations in the province of Lanao Del Sur and here in Marawi City. In fact, we have added additional PNP personnel in Marawi and in province of Lanao Del Sur. We established 10 checkpoints in the entire province which includes 11 checkpoints within Marawi City. We activated and deployed also mobile patrol forces and motorcycle units and we deployed additional 50 PNP personnel in other areas.

For the Bureau of Bureau of Fire Protection: We have initiated the deployment of PNP personnel and equipment under the PNP organized task force [unclear] Marawi, in support of the Task Force Bangon Marawi Program of the government and constructions of Fire station and procurement of fire trucks. And we also now in full gear operation on the management of the dead and the missing, and these are very-very important so we are still trying to account all the missing persons in also cooperation with the security forces including the deployment additional K9. So, so far we are coordinating properly with the Task Force Bangon Marawi and how the DILG can support the Task Force effort. Thank you.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Okay. I’d like to acknowledge also presence of Mayor Max Seno of Opol and Mayor Teteng Sales of Pagudpud and they’re here. Now, dahil wala na po siguro tayong time magkaroon ng briefing when the President goes to Lanao Del Norte later on, I’d like to make a statement now on Typhoon Vinta in so far as response of government is concerned.

We commend our frontline agencies together with the local government units who worked around the clock even during the holidays to a season bring relief to those affected by Typhoon Vinta. On the day Vinta made its landfall on December 21, pre-emptive evacuation and pre-disaster risk assessments and which started immediately. On December 22, force evacuations were done particularly in communities where refusal of pre-emptive evacuation is concern. The DSWD has already distributed 1,100 Matts and malong to the affected families and provided family food packs to 816 families in Baloi. Repacking of relief goods to add to the 1,100 repack family food packs is currently ongoing.

The Department of Health for its part has augmented drugs medicines and to supply to Lanao Del Norte worth 100,000 pesos. The total number of affected families in the region is 17,732 or 64,393 persons as of 6 p.m., of December 25. The President of course is proceeding to Lanao Del Norte at 3:45 after the turnover ceremonies here in Marawi. Now, I’d like to open the floor to questions from our friends in the media. Questions, please, directed to anyone here. Please raise your hands if you have any questions so you can be recognize.

Q:                                                           Sir?

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Yes, Ma’am? PIA.

Q:                                                           Radyo Pilipinas po, Philippine Broadcasting Services.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Kuha kayo ng mic para marinig iyong inyong tanong. We’re televised live on PTV4. Wala rin? Iyan na lang.

Q:                                                           Good morning, I’m Sarah Saidaga, station manager of the Philippine Broadcasting Service. My question is addressed to these gentlemen here, kumusta po iyong pagbabalik ng mga IDPs doon po sa—or barangays along Agus River which is naiwan po sila, dapat kasama sila sa Cluster ll, pero until now hindi pa rin po sila nakauwi. Four barangays along Agus River, that is Agus.. Lilod Saduc, Saduc Proper and Saduc Alingwa

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Si Secretary Del Rosario would like to respond first.

SEC. DEL ROSARIO:                    Actually, Ma’am, we had a meeting last December 21. Actually it’s four—it’s not only four but five barangays. Ito iyong malapit sa ground zero, iyong tinatawag namin sa military na danger close, that if ever something will explode in the ground zero the four—five barangays will be affected. I understand the five barangays captain will meet with the Brigade Commander Gene Poño, anytime this week so that they can make necessary arrangement. Majority will be allowed by first week of January except those living along the Agus River. So there is plan already, Ma’am.

Q:                                                           Opo. Thank you po.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Follow up question? Follow up question also from Radyo ng Bayan.

Q:                                                           So my concern is about the environmental plan of the Task Force Bangon Marawi. Ano po ang plan nila doon sa no build zone which is 50 meters from the lakeshore. ‘Di ba may mga bahay din diyan? Ano pong gagawin nila sa mga bahay doon sir?

SEC. DEL ROSARIO:                    We will not allow those living along the lake and along the Agus River. So ‘no build zone’ will be observed. And we will convert it into a prominade or a part where people can stroll the whole stretch of the Agus River for about two kilometers.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   I would like to acknowledge the arrival of Governor Adiong. Ma’am, welcome and good morning. Good morning, Governor. Next question, if not there is a text question from Manila from the Malacañang Press Corps., but please sir, are from PIA again.

Q:                                                           Good morning sir. Tanong lang po. ‘Pag nakalipat na po doon iyong mga IDPs sa mga temporary shelters. Ano iyong mga susunod na support na gagawin ng government po? Thank you.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Well kanina po napakadaming support, sinabi iyan ng DTI. Marami po silang livelihood assistance. Sa DA din po napakadami nilang assistance na binibigay at please state among others kung ano iyon.

USEC. ARIEL CAYANAN:          And profound kung mapapansin po ninyo immediate ang binigay natin kanina at saka crops kasi iyon po iyong nawala noong kabuhayan nila noong nagkaroon po ng giyera. Now, kaya po hinihintay natin na mabuo iyong komunidad because we will organize them so that they will be form economic upscales in terms of production. In fact, I missed to mention na may livelihood din po tayo sa kahayupan, sa paghahayop at saka rin po sa pangkabuhayan, in fact, iyong iba naman po ay mag-i-start ng walang pamuhunan. So ang ACPC po, Agriculture Credit Policy Council ay mayroon pong SURE at saka PLEA program kapag pinagsama, ‘PLEASURE’ Program Loan Emergency Access at itong isa naman po ay survival. So iyong isa ay para sa kalamidad. Napakababa po ng  interes, hindi po nangangailangan ng collateral at simpleng-simple lang po ang requirement, hindi po kayo pahihirapan. So we will reach out, iyon po ang ano namin dito.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Oo si Secretary Del Rosario.

SEC. DEL ROSARIO:                    Ang tanong po kanina after the temporary shelter pero ang tinatanong mo ang permanent shelter. Privies po, it will be constructed and it will be donated by San Miguel Foundation about 2,700 units and aside from that, we will be constructing the Sports Complex with dormitories for athletes, Grand Center Market worth 200 million and Bypass Roads needed by the City of Marawi. And a 100 bed capacity for the City government and will be donated by the Ayala Foundation.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Okay, si Secretary Lopez ng DTI po.

SEC. LOPEZ:                                     Hello. So uulitin ko lang po ano. So aside from iyong mga livelihood na sabi natin kanina on garments, woodworks dahil iyan hong mga kagalingang dito kasi ito iyong carpentry, pati iyong mga food processing, the rice milling, the hauling, iyong mga livelihood programs na ibinibigay po iyan kasama noong equipment na kailangan, may kasama ring financing, na financing na interest-free na ino-offer po ng SB Corp. up to 200,000 zero interest iyon. Tapos para doon sa medyo mas malalaking mga negosyo na mag establish dito, we are identifying a space, para magkaroon din ng ecozone. Para may manufacturing facility para iyong hindi ‘pagne-negosyo at least may trabahong papasukan para may manufacturing output din na manggagaling din dito sa Marawi.

At uulitin natin iyong sa public market, hopefully nga mabuhay natin iyong mga tatlong lugar na na-identify at iyong isa—aside from the Grand Central Market, dahil ito ho talagang pangangailangan basta mayroong public market at least may pagnenegosyohan iyong mga taga Marawi. At ang DTI din willing magbayad ng mga puwesto, iyong puwesto nila para hindi nila po-problemahin iyong basic. So iyon na kaagad ang mga immediate na tulong na maibibigay natin.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Further questions po on Bangon Marawi and the turnover this afternoon before I go to the text questions of the Malacañang Press Corps. Mayroon pa pala tayong—

SEC. LOPEZ:                                     Pahabol pa naalala ko lang. Ang DTI nakipag-meeting with the HUDCC sinama ang mga construction materials supplier to assure iyong supply dito dahil noong ang balita sa amin ni General na nagtataasan ng presyo. Ngayon, noong after that meeting nagkaroon ng commitment itong mga suppliers, construction materials lalo na semento, bakal, mga glass na hindi sila magtataas, in fact mas mura pa iyong semento ngayon dito kaysa sa Iligan by mga 10 to 15 pesos. So, ganoon ho ang status ngayon para talagang mabilis ang recovery and rehabilitation.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   We have another question here. Please ID yourself lang po.

Q:                                                           (UNCLEAR) Magandang umaga po. Matanong ko lang kay Sir Del Rosario kung kailan natin ipa-flatten iyong ground zero?

DEL ROSARIO:                               I do not like to use the word “flatten” anymore dahil nagkaroon ng misconception ano. When we say “flatten,” we will clear the buildings kasi lahat ng buildings na iyon considered debris dahil nothing can be rehabilitated anymore. So, when we say “flatten” we will remove all the buildings so that we can start the land development.

Kapag sinabi natin namang “land development,” iyong existing roads na two lanes ay magiging four lanes or six lanes. Iyong kanilang power lines, instead na nakalabas, sa ilalim na. At magkakaroon ng central drainage system na iku-collect lahat ng waste sa lahat ng establishments para magkaroon ng sewage treatment facility, pagpunta dito sa Lanao Lake, malinis na iyong tubig na pupunta doon. So lahat ng waste inside the central business district will be treated. At kapag dumating na sa Lanao Lake at tinapon doon, malinis na.

So we will make sure that the central business district or the ground zero will be a modern city after the rehabilitation. And it will start based on our assessment by April or not later than May.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   General, siguro ako na ang magtatanong ‘no. Iyong magde-develop po ng most affected area, alam ko po nag-invite kayo ng mga proposals ‘no. Can you tell the nation ano po iyong mga proposals na pumasok? Ano iyong spread ng iba’t ibang mga proposals?

DEL ROSARIO:                               Iyon po ang maganda sa mga unsolicited proposals, mayroong nag-propose na as low as 38 billion and as high as 86 billion pesos for the rehabilitation.

We created a technical working group to look into these proposals. And the technical working group is composed of personalities from Department of Finance, NEDA, DBM, DPWH and HUDCC, including BCDA because BCDA will provide the technical expertise. Sila ang nakakaalam doon sa Swiss Challenge. We will select one from those six who provided their unsolicited proposal, and this will be subjected to Swiss challenge so that the government will get the best offer. Assuming that the one that will be selected out of the six will offer about 50 billion, when it is subjected to Swiss challenge, the lowest offer, the same quality for 50 billion and if another company will offer 40 billion, the same quality, then we will get the lowest offer. But we will include a better offer not only challenge the lowest offer but a better offer than the one being offered by the lowest developer.

So we will get the best offer that we can have, and we can be assured that the government will get the best developer in this project.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Ang Presidente po ay nagsasabi na he prefers turn-key projects, kasi kung isa-submit daw sa bidding ay maraming kalokohan ang bidding. Paano po iyong magiging financing ng rebuilding ng most affected area? Will it be turn-key or still … although sina-subject nga siya to unsolicited proposals and Swiss Challenge, paano po iyong bayad?

DEL ROSARIO:                               It will be a build-transfer, so turn-key. And the payment will be discussed during the submission.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   On this po, Leila Salaverria of Inquirer is asking, “Sir, may we know the companies/developers who submitted the bids?

DEL ROSARIO:                               Maybe later, maybe later.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Any question on Marawi, follow up, and then the gentleman there.

Q:                                                           Sir, one final question. How about the masterplan?

DEL ROSARIO:                               Actually, the one that will be submitted by the developers is the conceptual masterplan of the whole area.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Yes, there was a question, gentleman from behind. Nasaan na? Ayun, okay, from ABS-CBN.

Q:                                                           Sir, kasi may letter po iyong MARINA employees – I don’t know if President has already read it – na parang may reklamo sila sa kanilang administrator tungkol sa kaniyang mga foreign trips. Na-receive na po ba iyon ni President, sir? Ano po ang reaksiyon ng Malacañang doon kasi si President medyo mahigpit po sa mga foreign trips? Na-confirm na po ba natin iyon, sir?

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Well, I guess, we’re opening the floor now for questions on all other matters not just Marawi ‘no. Is there anything on Marawi muna? Tapusin muna natin ang Marawi. Can we hold on the question outside of Marawi muna till later? Yes, last question from PIA. Marawi, Marawi.

Q:                                                           Tungkol po ito sa pag-award ng mga housing units doon sa temporary shelters sa Sagonsongan. Paano po ang proseso nito?

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Ang sasagot po ay si Mayor po, si Mayor Majul.

MAYOR MAJUL:                           Maraming salamat po. Unang-una po, nagkaroon po tayo ng technical working group to determine the would-be beneficiaries nitong mga temporary shelters. At nagkaroon din ho tayo ng order of priorities dahil ho sa dami po ng ating kailangang gawing shelters, mayroon pong mauuna. So ang ating inuna po ay iyong talagang may matinding pangangailangan, especially iyong mga nasa evacuation centers at saka iyong mga nagre-rent sa labas. And we will provide the criteria for the determination of the would-be beneficiaries.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Marawi-related muna po.

Q:                                                           Ngayon po ang distribution ng 500 shelters para sa bakwit; kailan po kaya magaganap ang susunod na distribution?

DEL ROSARIO:                               Okay, ganito po ang mangyayari ‘no, the 500 units will be awarded today by the President. The first 250 will occupy before New Year. And the remaining 250 will occupy before January 7. The reason for this is that iyon pong bahay ay kumpleto na – may kuryente, mayroong linya ng tubig. Pero iyong kuryente, iku-connect pa natin sa main line; at saka iyong tubig, iku-connect pa rin sa main line. So that’s why we are delaying the actual occupancy of those houses.

So 250 will occupy by not later than December 31; 250 will occupy not later than January 7.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Secretary Del wants to add something ‘no.

SEC. LORENZANA:                       Pareho din ng concerns of some of the IDPs ano. Tuloy pa ba iyong kanilang mga (UNCLEAR), mga food kahit na may bahay sila? Dahil one of the things that I have been receiving through text is wala silang hanapbuhay, wala namang pera sila? Tuloy pa ba iyong… do we still support them with their food?

DEL ROSARIO:                               Actually, sir, they will still be given food stock. And in fact, noong nag-uusap kami ni Mayor, pati iyong 6-month subsidy para sa kanilang kuryente ay babayaran namin para for the first six months of occupancy.

And then after the … kanina, 250-250, after that, every ten days or two weeks, magbibigay tayo until ma-reach iyong 1,170 housing units. Ang target natin, not later than February, end of February, maibigay na lahat iyong 1,170.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Wala bang taga-PAGCOR dito? Kasi PAGCOR also has 300 housing units sa Matungao, which they have awarded already.

Now, questions on Marawi? Kung wala na, sasagutin ko na ang—last question siguro sa Marawi ‘no.

Q:                                                           (UNCLEAR)

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Mayroon po. Tuluy-tuloy po ang pag-a-award ng scholarship diyan. Ang alam ko po, mayroong DepEd scholarship, mayroong DSWD scholarship din at mayroon pang agriculture-related scholarship, at may idadagdag pa si Mayor.

MAYOR MAJUL:                           Doon naman po sa scholarship grant, last week po ay galing ako sa City of Muntinlupa, and Mayor Fresnedi committed/pledged to us na magbibigay sila ng scholarship grant dito sa Marawi City. For five years magkakaroon po sila ng support worth 25 million. Yearly po ay half million ang ibibigay ng scholarships sa ating mga deserving learners.

At on top of that, ang City Government of Marawi City will also add on the … iyong sinasabing ibibigay na scholarship grant ng Muntinlupa po para mas marami po ang magiging coverage ng scholarship.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   In addition to that po ‘no, mayroon din tayong TESDA scholarship. And effective this year, iyong ating libreng tuition sa state, colleges and universities will also be implemented.

No more questions on Marawi? Well, I’d like to respond to the question on MARINA. I have no knowledge if the President has personal knowledge. But if it was sent through official line of communication, it will be acted upon. I’d like to highlight that there’s been officials that have been ordered removed by the President because of complaints ‘no. Some of which officially received by the Office of the President, some of which because of media reports and upon independent verification made by the Office of the President. So expect action if there was formal complaint filed by MARINA employees against some MARINA officials.

Now, going now to questions. First question is addressed to Secretary Delfin from Dexter Ganibe of ABS-CBN: “Sir, kaninang hatinggabi natapos iyong Christmas truce sa NPA, anong marching order sa tropa before the New Year’s truce? May 2-day break po ng truce bago po ang tigil-putukan sa Biyernes ng 60th?”

LORENZANA:                                  Sec., pareho pa rin ang order sa kanila is to be on active defense. Hindi naman sila mag-offensive, but they will be on active defense sa mga patrol bases nila. So that’s the marching order.

SEC. ROQUE:                                   Second question also from Dexter is: “Any word on the resignation of VM Pulong or may resignation letter na ba natanggap ang Pangulo?”

I’ll be meeting the President for the first time since 23rd of December this noon. But, number one, the Local Government Code says that if the President upon receipt of the resignation – which implies that it must be in writing ‘no – must act on the matter. Because after 15 days, working days, upon receipt of the resignation and the President does not do anything, it is deemed accepted. That’s a provision of the DILG. But I will ask, I will have to ask the President if he has given any thought on the resignation of Vice Mayor Pulong.

Third q                uestion from Dexter (SIGNAL CUT) made by Sandra Cam both on the extravagant Christmas party and on the issue of STL. I’d like to underscore the fact though that both the House and the Senate have scheduled investigation on the STL, and we will await outcome of the investigation to be conducted by both Houses of Congress.

Okay? So no further questions either from Manila or from here? If there are no further questions, again, the schedule of the President is 12:45, it’s the turn-over of the housing on-site. It will not be here. We will go to the site. So media, we’ll give you some lead time to go ahead to set up. And then at 3:45, we will be going to Tubod, Lanao Del Norte. Now, if the weather permits, the President will go by chopper; if not, we will all go by land. Supposedly mayroon naman daw shortcut from here ‘no, so that’s 3:45, Tubod.

Okay? So thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen of the media. Thank you very much to everyone, including our guests. Magandang umaga po. At gaya ng sinabi ko noong huling pagkakataon narito tayo sa Marawi, mga Marawi, babangon po muli ang Marawi. Sagot po kayo ni Pangulong Duterte.

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Source: PCOO-NIB (News and Information Bureau)

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