Proposed rehab projects for Marawi to cost around P55 billion — NEDA

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Damaged houses, buildings, and a mosque are seen inside the war-torn in Marawi City on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. — PHILSTAR/KJ ROSALES

NATIONAL Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Adoracion M. Navarro reported close to 900 programs, projects and activities (PPA) have been proposed under the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (BMCRRP).

Ms. Navarro said the BMCRRP, provisionally approved by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), estimated around P55 billion is needed to fund the PPAs, but is still subject to further vetting.

NEDA planned to raise funds through the government, private sectors, non government agencies and through official development assistance (ODA).

Ms. Navarro said that for 2018, P10 billion has already been committed, which came from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRM) fund under the General Appropriations Act (GAA), in addition to a provisional P5 billion under the unprogrammed appropriations.

The NEDA undersecretary explained in a press briefing on Friday, the P55-billion budget is provisional as “it will depend on whether the government will have excess revenue, excess collection from the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) and (Bureau of) Customs.”

The private sector, non government agencies and non-profit organizations will also be tapped for donations to be allotted for permanent housing, livelihood assistance and provision of educational.

The figure (of the donation) is being monitored by the Department of Finance (DOF) as head of the resource mobilization support group. — Charmaine A. Tadalan