Compensation for Marawi IDPs to be fast-tracked

By Nef Luczon

May 17, 2023, 7:11 pm

<p>Google map of Marawi City.</p>

Google map of Marawi City.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The anticipated payment for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Marawi City due to the 2017 siege is going to be accelerated with the imminent release of guidelines governing the Marawi Siege Compensation Act, an official said Wednesday.

In a public hearing, Marawi Compensation Board (MCB) chairperson Maisara Latiph said once the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 11696 or the Marawi Siege Compensation Act will be finalized, its distribution of financial aid will follow.

"All the MCB members are one with the IDPs in its aim to fast-track the payment," Latiph said.

The MCB organized the last leg of public consultations in line with the May 16-23 observance of the Marawi Week of Peace, which is now in its sixth year. The body listened to the comments and suggestions of the IDPs, represented by their leaders, whose houses were destroyed in the "ground zero" during the siege.

The weeklong peace observance was organized by the government under the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM).

TFBM Assistant Secretary Melissa Aradanas said bringing back Marawi City's "economic glory" remains the overall goal in keeping government agencies in check for the completion of various projects.

"The annual Marawi Week of Peace is also aimed at further enhancing social cohesion through collaborative activities among the TFBM, its member agencies, stakeholders, and especially, the IDPs," she said. (PNA)