Vice President Leni Robredo called on the government to fast track the rehabilitation of Marawi City, which remains in ruin three years after the siege started by terrorists.
In a statement, Robredo said three years of snail paced rehabilitation of Marawi “is a thousand days too long.”
“We call on all concerned agencies to accelerate their actions while exercising full transparency. Marawi is not merely a tragedy to be remembered; it is an ongoing problem that needs to be solved,” she said.
Robredo noted that many of Marawi’s residents remain in temporary shelters three years after the siege. Their suffering, she added, has been made worse by the threat of COVID-19.
“Let us also remember that temporary shelter communities pose an even more profound challenge given the virality of COVID-19. Any outbreak in these tightly-packed communities will increase the risk for all of us, and affect a public health system that is already under tremendous strain,” Robredo said.
The Marawi siege started on May 23, 2017 when Islamic militants took control of the city, causing residents to flee to other provinces. It ended in October 2017 when the terrorist leaders were killed.