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Power restored in Marawi’s ground zero

Rhodina Villanueva, Elizabeth Marcelo - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Power has been restored in Marawi City’s ground zero or the main battle ground of government forces and Maute militants in 2017.

Task Force Bangon Marawi chairman Eduardo del Rosario said the electrification of the most affected areas is an indication that rehabilitation efforts are in “full swing.”

Del Rosario led the ceremonial energization of two areas in Barangay Tolal on Wednesday. The program was initiated by the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative Inc.

He said the task force is on track with its target to finish major infrastructure projects in Marawi by December 2021.

Del Rosario cited the Grand Padian Central Market, city museum, 24 new barangay halls, each with its own health center and madrasah or Muslim schools.

He said the task force is also committed to rebuilding the 31 mosques damaged in the five-month siege.

Del Rosario met with representatives of families serving as administrators of the Dansalan Bato Ali and Grand Mosques, the biggest in the city.

“We already have an inventory of the sites that need reconstruction and those that require retrofitting and repairs,” he said.

The task force allotted P105 million for the reconstruction of the mosque.

Del Rosario met with the administrators of the Grand Mosque and offered P135 million for its repair.

MARAWI CITY
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