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Marawi rehab groundbreaking moved to late Oct.

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THE GROUNDBREAKING ceremony for the Marawi City rehabilitation program has been moved to late October in consideration of the availability of the President, Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) announced yesterday in a post on its official Facebook page. Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary General Falconi V. Millar HUDCC, head of TFBM secretariat, said, “While we are prepared for our scheduled groundbreaking on 17 October, we will have to move it to the next available date of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for him to personally lead the event. This is most likely to take place on 28 October.” Oct. 17 was previously set for the event as it marks the day last year when Mr. Duterte declared the conflict-stricken city free from local extremist groups after almost five months of heavy armed battle with government forces. Right after the groundbreaking, Mr. Millar said full clearing operations will immediately start. “Debris management will then follow. Our contractor is ready with equipment and manpower.” TFBM is an inter-agency body created to lead Marawi’s recovery and rehabilitation program.

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