A P76-million worth of water system project in Marawi City is under way through the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)’s Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig para sa Lahat (Salintubig) program.
DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Año says that more than 2,156 households in Marawi will have access to potable water upon completion of the project by December 2019.
Año, who was designated by President Duterte as the Martial Law Administrator in Mindanao as military chief during the five-month-long Marawi crisis last year, says, “The DILG has actively contributed to end the Marawi siege and reclaiming of the City from the local terrorist group. Now the Department continues to be proactive in its rehabilitation.”
The Salintubig project covers seven priority barangays namely Sagonsongan, Mipaga, Emie Punod, Basak Malutlut, East Basak, Poblacion, and Moriatao Loksadato.
The DILG and Department of National Defense as co-leads of the interagency Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Sub-Committee on Security, Peace and Order are responsible for the restoration of water, electricity, and other public utilities in Marawi.
“Hindi kami bibitaw. Kasama ninyo ang DILG at ang buong TFBM sa pagbangon muli ng lungsod at ang mga residente nito,” he assures.
A tripartite Memorandum of Agreement has been forged between the DILG Region 10, DILG Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and City Government of Marawi for the implementation arrangements. The project’s program of works and detailed engineering designs are on finalization stage.
Just recently, DILG Assistant Secretary for Peace and Security Alexander Macario handed over the check amounting to P76-million to the City Government of Marawi for the implementation of the Salintubig potable water supply project.
The Salintubig program in Marawi is part of the P10-billion rehabilitation program under the 2018 General Appropriations Act which includes the establishment of potable water system in the priority areas.
Preventing violent extremism
Along with the Marawi rehabilitation efforts, the DILG is also in coordination with other government agencies in the advocacy of preventing and countering violent extremism (PCVE).
“The Marawi incident is a complex crisis that rooted from poverty, corruption, and misled ideology. Countering violent extremism would require not just a whole-of-government but also whole-of-nation approach involving communities,” says Año.
He says that the DILG tapped its attached agency, the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), for a localized or whole-of-community approach for PCVE advocacy campaign against terrorism and communist insurgency.
A series of training programs on PCVE has been jointly held by the DILG, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, PPSC and other agencies for an integrated community action against radicalization and extremism that will be cascaded to barangays and local government units.