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Marawi marks 3rd anniversary of liberation

ILIGAN CITY — Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) and the City Government of Marawi took the lead in commemorating the 3rd anniversary of the liberation of the city on Saturday in a simple gathering of rehabilitation stakeholders and key players.

Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Chief and TFBM Chair, Secretary Eduardo del Rosario and city mayor Majul Gandumra led the events which was attended by national and local officials including key players from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, Chief of Staff of the AFP, led Army officials and troops in remembering the heroism of Filipino soldiers during and after the Marawi siege which led to a conflict that lasted for five months of urban battle against local terrorists.

Del Rosario reiterated that amid the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, the timeline for completion of rehabilitation efforts in the most affected area or ground zero remains the same. TFBM expects full completion by end of 2021 and is looking at 75% completion by end of this year.

In his message during the commemoration ceremony, Del Rosario remained positive that the city will rise again as promised by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“With all the ongoing interventions of government and when lasting peace is achieved, Marawi will become a very competitive city,” he said.

The task force chief also called for continued unity among stakeholders and the community.

“Walang iwanan at sama-sama pa rin nating ibabangon ang Marawi,” he added.

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