• Residents to personally identify boundaries of their lots inside the most affected area; government to estimate cost of damage for reparation.
By Divina M. Suson, CorrespondentMARAWI City--The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) on Friday said the ownerships of lots and buildings inside the 250 hectares that composed of the 24 barangays inside the most affected area here will be established before the actual ground rehabilitation by the end of September this year.
In a press briefing in Marawi City on August 24, Housing Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario, chairman of the TFBM, said the government finds it necessary to identify the individual owners of the properties “with or without titles”.
“As of now, we do not know exactly who owned the lots and the buildings. That is the very reason kung bakit gagawa tayo ng Kambisita (part) 2 and it will start on September 10,” Del Rosario said.
Kambisita is a coined word for Kambalingan, a Maranao term for ‘to return’, and ‘bisita’ or visit, where residents are allowed to see their area or property inside the most affected area at a given time, escorted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the local government unit and the TFBM.
During the first Kambisita in April, residents were allowed to visit their houses and properties for three days from 6:00 o’clock in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon to retrieve whatever has been left by the five-month war between the AFP and the ISIS-inspired Maute group.
To prepare for the second Kambisita, there will be seminars and workshops to be done for the groups who will assist the residents in locating the exact boundaries of their lots. This will be led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) headed ay Assistant Secretary Michelle Go.
“All the agencies involved in the Land Resource Management (LRM) will be there to locate exactly the boundaries, the ownership and also to estimate the cost of damage in every structure,” Del Rosario said.
The LRM will lead the survey of the land properties.
“Kasi mahihirapan tayo pag nagkakaroon ng debris clearing at pagbalik ng mga owners, (itatanong) nasaan ba ang boundary ng aking bahay? (Nasaan ang) boundary ng aking lupa?” Del Rosario added.
Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., deputy commander of the Joint Task Force Ranao, said they are doing a social cartography or measure the lots and link it with the social data that the LRM gathers.
In doing the social cartography, a team will take a shot the lot pointed by the claimant using a drone and a ‘high-tech gadget’ to record the exact GPS coordinates.
The data will then be matched and validated with the social data taken by the DSWD from the claimants.
The Office of the Civili Defense will take pictures of the house or building to identify the kind of materials used in the building and how many floors it is made of.
That would help the government estimate the amount of the building that could be then a basis for the government in their giving of financial assistance.
“That is why DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) will be part of the team that will be going down kasi hindi lang pag-measure ng lote ang gagawin natin but we will link this with the social data that we are going to gathes,” Brawner said in the same press conference.
Aside from the seminars and workshops for the Kambisita 2, the TFBM has also procured special equipments and form various teams to expedite the land survey.
“We are looking at 18 teams (to be organize and trained) at mayroon tayong reserve. They will start training by first weeek of September,” Brawner added.
Norodin Lucman, a traditional Muslim leader who lived in the most affected area before the siege, said he is getting impatient of the delayed in the actual start of the rehabilitation works and hoped they will be given the chance to rebuild their lives on their own.
He believes that if residents will be allowed to return to their homes and “start anew and pick-up the pieces of our lives, clean-up our property and perhaps rebuild” he said.
“What is happening now is that the more this rehabilitation is being delayed, the more corruption will take place,” Lucman added.
Lucman is one of the residents who was trapped at his house in Barangay Moncado Kadingilan at the start of the siege with more than 70 other people, Muslims and Christians.
The delayed rehabilitation of his city could only refresh his ordeal when he and other trapped civilians braved a terrifying gaunlet of military air strikes and extremist gunmen, dashing a two-kilometer downtown streets strewn with rotting corpses to save their lives.
Like Lucman, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Assemblyman Zia Adiong is also getting impatient and pitty his relatives who are still staying in the different evacuation tents.
“If I am feeling impatient na may kumportable akong tirahan ngayon, ano nalang kaya ang mga relatives ko na nasa mga evacuation tents?” Adiong asked in a previous interview.
However, Adiong was delighted by the announcement of the TFBM that residents can go return to their places in the most affected area to identify the ‘edge and bounds’ of their lots even without titles to legitimize their claims.
“They (TFBM) need to make sure the claimants, even without providing the necessary documents to prove their ownership. They should have atleast somebody to testify that these claimants are really the owners kasi baka magkaroon ng malaking problema in the future,” Adiong said.
“The barangay captains can help and assist,” he added
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