Marawi rehab works to prioritize repair of damaged basic services

MANILA-- With the neutralization of the remaining Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City in just a matter of time, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that rehabilitation works will initially focus on the repair of basic services.

Basic services refers to electrical power, water, sanitation, health and educational services, AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said in Monday.

"Primary attention and focus for the rehabilitation, of course, will go to the basic services, initially," he added.

Once the fighting is over, government agencies along with other stakeholders are poised to work so that these basic services can be restored immediately.

"The restoration of power, the restoration of water, the provision of safe drinking water and sanitation, and restoration of health services, and also educational services," the military official added.

In line with these efforts, especially on the educational front, Padilla said that the Department of Education is now coordinating with military engineers on where they will be placing their materials which will be used in the rehabilitation of schools damaged in Marawi.

"And they are also working with other contractors to make sure that as soon as the coast is clear and the signal is given, many of these materials that will be used for the reconstruction and repair of the schools in Marawi will be among the first items that will comprise the convoy for the full recovery efforts.

And as of 6 p.m. Sunday, Maute Group terrorists killed in ongoing military operations are placed at 379, with civilians executed by the lawless elements at 39, and government casualties at 89.

Number of rescued civilians is placed at 1,723 and captured terrorists weaponry at 451.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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