ILIGAN CITY ----- Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Marawi City will hold their version of the state of the nation address, 9:00 am on Monday, July 22, dubbed as State of the Bakwits (evacuees) in Marawi (SOMBAK), at the Mindanao State University (MSU) main campus in Marawi City.
Drieza Lininding, convenor of Moro Consensus Group (MCG), said multi-sectoral organizations of the IDPs will gather to give verdict over President Duterte’s administration on handling the Marawi rehabilitation’s various aspects like emergency and relief assistance, human rights, shelters, medical assistance, missing and dead civilians, livelihood and physical rehabilitation inside the most affected area (MAA) or the ground zero.
There will be art gallery, theatrical play, live band, short films, poetry reading and messages from sectoral representatives that will show the true situation of Marawi residents, two years after the siege.
“We will have no demands at this time. What we will do is to give ‘grades’ and assessment of how the Duterte admin will is handling the rehabilitation. We will express this time how we felt, how our youth feel towards the government,” Lininding said.
On Saturday, July 20, some 650 homeowners of the sector 1, which covers parts of Barangays Tolali and Daguduban inside MAA, were allowed to visit their houses and or areas called Kambisita (coined from Kambalingan, a Maranao word for “to go back” and “bisita” a Filipino word for visit).
There are 2,086 homeowners and 488 structures in sector 1. The MAA is divided into nine sectors by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) for easier identification of structures.
Housing Assistant Secretary Felix Castro, Jr., Field Office Manger of TFBM, the homeowners were given the chance to visit their homes from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm to personally see and decide on what to do with their structures and what they need before they start their reconstruction and are repair.
They were also the one to assess the integrity of their structures on whether it should be demolished or undergo repairs in preparation for the Kambalingan of the homeowners.
“We also account how many are willing to go back the soonest for their application for repair and building permit from the city hall. They will submit documents to prove that they are the legal owners or they are permitted by the owners (to rebuild or repair the structure),” Castro said.
Aside from the building permit from the city government, the homeowners will also apply for a power connection from Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO) and water connection from Marawi City Water District (MCWD).
But Lininding lashed out the latest Kambisit because residents were only given “limited hours to check their areas” and required to comply many permits and clearances.
“Ano yun, ‘permission to sleep in my house’? Dalawang taon na ang lumipas, kahit basic (services) na kuryente at tubig (connections) ay di pa nagawa,” Lininding said.
(What is that, ‘permission to sleep in my house’? it has been two years and yet basic (services) power and water (connections) are not yet done)
At the SOMBAK tomorrow, the IDPs will also ask the government to make true of its promise that by September, there will no more IDPs in evacuation centers.
At present, there are about 400 families still living in three evacuation centers: the Sarimanok sites 1 and 2 and at the building inside the Provincial Capitol Complex.
“This is long overdue but nevertheless, we pray that this will be realized the soonest considering the poor state of those living in tents,” Lininding said.
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