THE Marawi siege marked its first year last May 23, yet the marshal plan of rebuilding the country’s only Islamic City remains inside the closet, hounding the hundreds of IDPs now temporarily sheltered in cluster houses surrounding ground zero.
The timing is all that matters here. The deadline as earlier required by Malacanang was essential, yet it failed miserably to the letter.
Happening now is a calculated movement of timelines as to when to start the rebuilding process.
Here’s the latest timeline.
Despite delays in the proposed contract with a Chinese-led consortium, the rehab work, according to Malacanang, will start as scheduled in June 2018 .
As I write this piece, it’s now June 10, just a few winks before Independence Day, June 12 and Eid’l Fitr, June 15, a holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
And here’s the recap.
Malacanang has opted for a Swiss Challenge method to award the contract and the final project design of the consortium was supposed to be presented last May 4 yet, but was postponed for no apparent reason.
The awarding of the contract was supposed to happen last May 31, but later moved to a later date, again, for no apparent reason.
The Swiss Challenge is re-scheduled next week with other interested companies to “challenge” the plans of the chosen consortium.
The rehab work inside ground zero which has an estimated land area of 250 hectares will cost the government about P20 billion, based on initial estimates.
Construction work include debris management and construction of various public infrastructures like roads, classrooms, barangay halls, Madrasah, and convention hall.
The Task Force Bangon Marawi, an inter-agency group assigned to oversee the planning says the government is now in the final stage of negotiations with the Chinese-led consortium.
After all the planning has been said and done, still, time is of the essence. The Marawi rehab is a social time bomb that needs to be deactivated --- now. (email@example.com)
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