President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, February 28, led the inauguration of ‘Bahay Pag-Asa’ in Marawi City, reiterating his pledge to build a better city after the region was ravaged by the ISIS-inspire Maute group.
During the President’s speech in Barangay Mipaga, he again expressed his gratitude to the Armed forces and various private organizations that aided the government in providing immediate shelter to the displace residents of Marawi.
“So magpasalamat ako sa sundalo. Thank you for your sacrifice,” Duterte said.
“This would be about my 10th visit because I love to be with you. Eh ‘di kung mamatay sila, kasali na rin ako. ‘Yan ang Commander-in-Chief. Kasali ka magpakamatay ka sa sundalo mo,” he added.
The Bahay Pagasa Phase 2 Immediate Shelter and Accommodation Housing Complex inaugurated by the President was funded by donations from the Tarlac Heritage Foundation Inc., Chinese Filipino Business Club Inc., and the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other donors including the Marawi City local government, Department of National Defense, Corvill Agricom Inc., and East West Seed Company Inc.
A one-hectare land has been given to build the 60 semi-bungalow housing complex which will be equipped with water facilities, electrical supply, community center, parking lot.
The housing project is also equipped with a volleyball and basketball courts, a children’s playroom and learning center, as well as a “Hardin ng Lunas” vegetable and herbal garden.
During his speech the President also urged the Maranaos to shun Islamic extremism that could lead into war which could destroy peace in the southern regions of the country.
Duterte emphasized that he intends to finish the rehabilitation efforts for the devastated city within his term, noting that Land Bank and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are ready to assist Maranaos who want to restart their business.
“Let’s try to build ‘yung Marawi at least sa panahon ko. May three years and a half pa ako. Magbuhos ako ng pera dito. Maghiram kayo,” he said.