MARAWI CITY, Dec. 28 (PIA) -- With donations from a private housing developer, the repair of the city’s iconic Grand Mosque also known as Islamic Center has begun which is located in Norhaya Village inside the city’s most affected area.
Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chief Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario previously stated that the Task Force will prioritize the restoration of the Islamic places of worship as instructed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
TFBM Field Office Manager Asec. Felix Castro Jr. prior to the repair of the mosque, meetings and inspection were conducted to determine its structural integrity.
“Binisita ko ito two weeks ago at nakita ko na mabilis ang trabaho, marami silang workers,” said Castro.
[I visited two weeks ago and saw the speedy repair, there are so many workers.]
Castro also said the repair works are expected to be completed after 10 to 12 months. He also said that the works continue even during the rainy season and weekends, assuring that works are not hampered.
Castro is also optimistic that the Task Force can find more donors for the repair of the damaged mosques.
“Tayo ay optimistic na masusundan pa iyong mga donor natin at mas maraming mosque ang ating mapaparepair,” he added.
[We are optimistic that we can still find more donors and more mosques will be repaired.]
The Marawi Grand Mosque covers an area of 2,500 square meters and has three floors which can accommodate 5,000 people prior to the 2017 Marawi siege. The facility also has a madrasah and a library.
Following the release of funds to mobilize project contractors, repair works for the Masjid Darussalam in Barangay Raya Madaya 2, Masjid Disomangcop in Barangay Daguduban and the White Mosque in Barangay Lumbaca Madaya and reconstruction of Dansalan Bato mosque are in progress.
Construction of various infrastructure projects still continues which include Marawi Museum, four-storey school building, School of Living Tradition, Peace Memorial Park, Grand Padian Market, and barangay complexes in barangays Bubonga Madaya, Datu sa Dansalan, Datu Naga, Kapantaran, Lumbaca Madaya, Moncado Kadingilan, Tolali, Marinaut East, Marinaut West, Sangkay Dansalan, Norhaya Village, Raya Madaya 1, Tucal Marinaut, Wawalayan Marianut, South Madaya, and Dansalan.
Castro also shared that despite the holiday season, construction works still continue. (LELA/PIA ICIC)
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