ILIGAN CITY —– A group of internally displace persons (IPDs) in Marawi City is now asking members of the Commission on Appointments (CA) to hold in abeyance the confirmation of Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario as secretary of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), formerly known as Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
This is accordingly until issues and controversies surrounding Marawi rehabilitation are resolved.
In his open letter, Drieza Lininding, convenor of civil society group, Moro Concensus Group, the group wanted Del Rosario accountable allegedly “for all the lies and deception he did for Marawi that resulted to sufferings of Marawi IDPs”.
“Just to cite one example: In the recent hearing of the Senate Special Committee for Marawi held in Iligan City, he (Del Rosario) assured the members of the senate that in the conduct of the demolition (of houses and other structures inside the most affected area), the footing of buildings or structures were preserved so that home owners can easily identify of where thier house used to stand. This is a complete lie because our witnesses (who) are those previleged to tour around Marawi’s ground zero said there is no such (footing),” Lininding said.
Del Rosario chairs the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), an inter-agency task force that supervises the Marawi rehabilitation.
The IDPs are waiting to be invited to Malacañang, as promised by the senate special committee on Marawi rehabilitation, to have a meeting with President Duterte “to iron out things about the delay of rehab and return of Marawi Residents”.
“Until proven that Sec. Del Rosario is not guilty or the question of his competence has nothing to do with the delay, we (will) pray for his non-confirmation,” Lininding said.
On February 20, Senator Ronald Dela Rosa, as senate’s committe chair on Marawi rehab, held a senate hearing with Senators Christopher Go, Imee Marcos, Francis Tolentino and Miguel Zubiri in Iligan City.
Before the hearing in the afternoon, the lawmakers inspected the ground zero, referred to by the TFBM as most affected area (MAA).
Marcos, after the group’s visit to the MAA said she was surprised that after almost three years, she saw no changes.
“Nakakagulat naman yung niri-report naman nila na mga accomplishment nila na housing at iba pa ay nasa labas, wala sa ground zero o MAA. Bakit naman ganun, para naman tayo’ng niloloko nito, yun pala, ginastos doon sa labas,” Marcos said.
(I was surprised that the accomplishments they (TFBM) are reporting are happening outside the ground zero. It seems that they are fooling us. All the while (the fundings) are spent outside.)
Marcos said, the most important in the rehabilitation is the ground zero that was mostly destroyed during the five-month war in 2017.
The MAA is a 250 hectares with 24 barangays.
Del Rosario during the senate hearing said the TFBM is regulating the entry of residents inside the MAA to start rebuilding, reconstructing and or repairing their houses to make sure the residents are the legal and or rightful owners of the land or lot.
“Kasi, kung hahayaan natin kung sinu-sino ang papasok upang magtayo ng kanilang bahay, babalik tayo sa dati na mag-aaway sa lupa dahil nagtayo ng hindi sa kanila ang lupa,” Del Rosario said.
(If we let anybody to enter and start constructing their house, we will go back to the time when they will have conflict because of land ownership.)
The TFBM requires land owners to secure building permit and other clearances before they can start constructing or repairing their houses.