Marawi resident donates land for victims in war-torn city

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MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur – A village leader is donating a piece of land she owns for victims of the recent crisis. 

During the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) dialogue and consultation held on November 22, Barangay Chairperson Cairon Dimatingcal of Lumbac Madaya said the donation covered her 1.5-hectare land located at this city’s Barangay Malimono. 

“Willing po ako ibigay ang lupa ko sa Barangay Malimono para sa mga mas nangangailangan na kababayan ko,” Dimatingcal said. “Sa panahon ngayon, hindi ko na po iisipin yung ari-arian ko, mas iniisip ko po ngayon yung mga kababayan kong mas nangangailangan,” she added. 

Lumbac Madaya is a recipient of regional governor Mujiv Hataman’s flagship program dubbed Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance and Synergy (ARMM-HELPS). The program was created for a more coordinated and focused intervention at the local level to achieve maximum impact of services. 

“Noong May 25 po sana ang turnover ceremony sa aming barangay ng HELPS projects, kaso dahil nga sa Marawi siege, hindi na natuloy,” Dimantingcal said. Notwithstanding the failed turnover, she still thanked Hataman and the regional government. 

Lumbac Madaya is one of the barangays most affected by the five-month-long clash between government troops and members of the local terrorist group Maute. Among the ARMM-HELPS projects that were supposed to be turned over to the community are barangay hall, women's center, and learning center. 

Eduardo del Rosario, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chairperson and head of TFBM, updated local and regional leaders on rehabilitation and recovery plans during the dialogue. 

He said the task force has initially deployed teams to 24 barangays that were severely affected by the crisis to assess the extent of damage in those areas. It will also deploy another team to conduct a damage assessment in 47 remaining barangays on November 27. 

After the consultation, government officials and multi-sectoral representatives signed a pledge of commitment and support for unity and progress. The leaders will uphold sincerity and dedication in helping rebuild the homes, lives, and dreams of the people of Marawi and neighboring communities affected by the armed conflict. 

The ARMM officials also visited on November 22 the city’s ‘ground zero’ to assess the extent of damage caused by the war. It was the first time for regional officials to enter the main battle area after the city has been declared “liberated from terrorists’ influence.” 

Hataman said he will immediately convene a meeting of regional officials to further discuss rehabilitation efforts in Marawi. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA-10)

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