A heavy equipment is prepared to kick-off the demolition and clearing of the most affected area to start the rehabilitation of Marawi City. Divina M. Suson
• Demolition of houses and other structures will be done in the presence of the owners
By Divina M. Suson
MARAWI CITY -- The National Housing Authority (NHA) has properly started on Thursday (February 14) the demolition of structures inside the most affected area (MAA), here, to commence the actual physical rehabilitation of the war-torn Marawi.
The demolition of structures, that were destroyed during the five-month war of the government against the terrorists, is the start of the physical rehabilitation of the country’s only Islamic City.
The CJI General Services, a Batangas-based contractor who got the contract to clear the sectors 2 to 9 of the MAA, started to demolish the structure owned by Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra in Osmeña Street in Barangay Sangkay, located inside the Sector 5.
NHA Engr. Ikmat Bantuas said, Gandamra’s building is one of the 409 structures whose owners gave their clearance to have their property demolished and cleared.
This aims to show to the residents that it is safe for them to have their houses or structures be demolished.
“Ipapakita natin sa mga residente ang proper way to demolish. We are doing it in a proper manner, may guidelines tayo. Una, dapat nandun ang may-ari during the demolition at second, lahat ng mga concerned agencies ay pumirma para sa demolition permit,” Bantuas said.
“Kung hindi nila ipapa-demolish ngayon, at makapag-decide sila in the long run na papa-demolish, hindi na babalikan yan,” Bantuas explained.
It can be recalled that the demolition and debris clearing Sector 1 in December was stopped after the local government unit issued an order to the contractor, Finmat International Resources, Inc., to stop it pending compliance of the demolition permit from the LGU and Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
There are 6,800 structures inside the 250- hectare, composed of non-habitable, hazardous and partially destroyed, according to the NHA.
Those structures will be evaluated and be identified by the three government agency-members of the Inter-Agency Committee on Debris Clearing (IACDC) that composed of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Department of Health (DOH).
Other members of the IACDC are the NHA and the local government unit (LGU).
The result of the evaluation will then be recommended to the LGU.
“These agencies (DPWH, BFP, DOH) will determine what structures are still habitable, what are those hazardous and what are those structures that need to be demolished but we still need to have the demolition permit of the LGU, provided all the documentary requirements from the concerned agencies will be complied,” Bantuas said.
He clarified also that even if those structures or houses are no longer livable or already hazardous, if the owners do not give the consent to demolish their structure, the NHA will not allow the contractor to do it.
“Pero kung ang mga bahay na yun ay tatamaan ng mga government projects like road widening or government facilities na itatayo, hahanapan ng paraan para papayag ang may-ari,” Bantuas noted.
Some owners did not give consent to demolish their properties for fear that they may not get it back but the Task Force Bangon Marawi assured otherwise.
“We are having problems with some owners kasi akala nila pag na-demolish na ang kanilang mga bahay, mawawala na ang mga boundaries nga mga properties nila. We assured it will not happen. After me demolish, mag document tayo, lahat yan at ipapakita natin sa kanila na mari-restore natin ang mga properties nila, walang labis walang kulang,” Bantuas said.
Next week, the CJI General Services and its joint venture Beredo Construction (BCon) will continue the massive demolition and debris clearing in the structures that were given the demolition permit.
Edsel Alan Manigbas, deputy project manager of CJI, said they are expected to finish it in eight months but if all the owners and weather condition will cooperate, they can finish the work in four months.
“Challenge kasi sa trabaho namin kung maghihintay kami sa mga owners kasi we can’t proceed in the demolition without their presence at ang weather condition din, di kami makapagtrabaho kung umuulan. Kung maganda ang panahon, kahit gabi pwde kaming magtrabaho kasi cleared na rin ang area sa mga unexploded ordnance,” Manigbas said.