"For five months we have despaired, feared, have [been] tormented. Now we must embark on a new beginning... Marawi needs you all badly to help her heal. Marawi counts on all of us," Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra said in his opening message, while underscoring that the will to rebuild the city should come ultimately from the citizens of Marawi and Lanao del Sur.
The mayor expressed his utmost gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte, Task Force Bangon Marawi, and national government agencies for their unrelenting support to the city. Gandamra also thanked the troops from AFP and PNP who valiantly defended and liberated Marawi from the clutches of the terrorists.
ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman emphasized the importance of instilling the message of peace and genuine Muslim values to the people, especially the youth, in order to win against the ideology of violent extremism.
Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra delivers his message of gratitude to all who stood by Marawi City from the beginning of the siege up to the rehabilitation phase of the city. (Photo: PIA)
Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong, speaking on behalf of Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Mamintal "Bombit" Adiong Jr., reaffirmed the support and confidence of the Lanao del Sur LGU to the leadership of Mayor Gandamra in rebuilding Marawi City, once dubbed as the economic hub of the province.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development distributed cash assistance amounting to P5,000 and relief goods, consisting of rice and food packs good for 17 days, hygiene kits, and kitchen kits, to 591 families from the recovering city.
Residents of eight more cleared barangays inside Marawi, namely Brgy. Marawi Poblacion, East Basak, Loks a Datu, B.O. Green, Tampilong, Matampay, Saber, and Panggao Sadu, are scheduled to return to their homes from October 31 to November 4. (MRF/CG/HC-PIA-TFBM)