The P20 billion rehabilitation fund for Marawi is not enough and is “only good” for housing support, stated Sen. Win Gatchalian.
“We need to inject more for the infrastructure,” stated Gatchalian on Wednesday. Marawi City is closely broken by the continuing armed battle between authorities forces and the Maute terrorists.
But Sen. Sonny Angara stated the P20 billion that President Rodrigo Duterte pledged to residents of war-torn Marawi City would be a “good start” to rebuild it after the Maute group seized it final May 23 to create a caliphate or Islamic state in Mindanao.
Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon, then again, stated Congress can cross a supplemental finances permitting the switch of funds to enhance any contingent funds to rehabilitate Marawi City.
“We can tap the intelligence funds amounting P5.485 billion. The government can use a portion of the P15.7 billion in national risk reduction and management fund to properly capacitate government relief and long-term rehabilitation efforts,” he stated.
Drilon stated that among the intelligence funds “are sitting idly in agencies’ accounts, to fund intensified efforts for rehabilitation, repair and construction of severely damaged infrastructure, buildings and facilities, as well as for swift delivery of basic services to the people of Marawi.”
“Both houses of Congress are surely willing to extend whatever appropriations or budgetary support that may be necessary going forward for the rebuild,” Angara stated.
Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel third stated involved companies should coordinate in trying for doable funds for Marawi’s reconstruction. “If there’s a will, there’s a way.”