MANILA(PNA) -- Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is hoping that pertinent government agencies will allow them to conduct emergency procurement for the planned rehabilitation of Maute Group-ravaged Marawi City.
He made this statement during the sidelights of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council meeting which was held at the AFP Commissioned Officers' Club in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City Tuesday.
"Well, we are hoping that they will allow us to do emergency procurement as if we follow (the) normal procurement process, it will be very time-consuming," Lorenzana pointed out in Filipino.
The DND chief stressed that he wants rehabilitation work to proceed immediately once the conflict in the city ends.
"Once the fighting stops, I would like to start tte rehabilitation immediately and then, all the bulldozers, and other equipment we need, the (building materials), the cement, steel bars, galvanized sheets (must be readily available) along with the laborers," he added.
Earlier, Lorenzana said exact damages sustained by Marawi City in the ongoing fighting with Maute Group remnants will be known next week.
"(Exact magnitude of the destruction) and how much money (needed for the rehabilitation) will be determine once post-conflict assessment next week," he added.
Lorenzana said that agencies involved in this phase include the Department of Energy, various engineering brigades of the military, and Local Water Utilities Administration
And only once these organizations have completed their report can only a complete picture and cost of the devastation will be known, the DND chief added.
But Lorenzana said that damage seems to be confined in Marawi City's Banggolo Commercial District where the remaining Maute Group terrorists have holed up.
"The peripheries (of Marawi City) seemed to lightly damage (compared to Banggolo which is subject to bombing and other heavy attacks)," he disclosed.
Fighting with the Maute Group terrorists started shortly after attempts by the military to apprehend Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, a staunch ally of the lawless elements, last May 23.
Source: Philippines News Agency