ISIS claims Kabul twin bombings

Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) claimed responsibility for the attack, which was carried out as the United States and western nations are scrambling to ferry out its citizens and other nationals out of Kabul before the August 31 deadline set by the Taliban

Bomb attacks outside Kabul airport claim dozens

 August 27, 2021

KABUL, Afghanistan/Washington – Multiple explosions shook Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Thursday, including two outside the airport serving the city, killing dozens and injuring over 100, according to media reports and Anadolu Agency’s correspondent on the ground on Thursday.A BBC report citing a… Read More

No Filipino in Afghanistan hurt in Kabul attack: DFA

 August 27, 2021

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday said no Filipino has been wounded in the suicide bomb attack at Kabul airport that killed scores of civilians and 13 American troops.”Preliminary information from Philippine Ambassador Daniel Espiritu, who is based in Islamabad,… Read More

10 Maute members meted 40-year jail term for kidnapping, murder

 August 26, 2021

MANILA – The Taguig Regional Trial Court sentenced on Tuesday 10 members of the extremist Maute Group to up to 40 years imprisonment for the abduction of six saw mill workers, two of whom were beheaded, in Butig, Lanao del Sur in 2016.Among the 10 found guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal… Read More

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16 BIFF extremists surrender in Maguindanao

 August 26, 2021

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Six more members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) yielded to the military in this province on Wednesday afternoon.The latest batch of surrenderers came barely a day after 10 of their comrades also gave up to the Army’s 1st Mechanized… Read More

Locsin to attend global coalition meet vs. Daesh/ISIS

 June 24, 2021

MANILA – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. will participate in the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS in Rome, Italy on June 28, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Thursday.The 83-member Global Coalition will gather ministers to discuss… Read More

Gov’t starts rebuilding mosques destroyed during Marawi siege

ARAWI REHAB. Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairperson and housing czar Secretary Eduardo del Rosario (center) leads an ocular inspection of the ongoing reconstruction of a mosque in Marawi City on Nov. 27, 2020.  He said the rehabilitation of the mosques is significant to the social healing and recovery of the conflict-affected Maranaos.  (Contributed photo from TFBM)

Gov’t task force set to reconstruct more or less 30 mosques including the Dansalan Bato Mosque and the Grand Mosque, using donations from private organizations

 November 29, 2020

The government has started the reconstruction and repair of various mosques in Marawi City massively destroyed during a five-month-long siege in 2017, Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chairperson and housing czar Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said Saturday.During his visit to Marawi… Read More

DUTERTE: MARAWI TO BE RESTORED TO FORMER GLORY

Government has enough funds and willing to look for more if necessary

 The national government will spend until war-torn Marawi City is rebuilt to its former glory, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday night.In his weekly Talk to the Nation, Duterte assured that the government has enough funds and is willing to look for more if necessary to rehabilitate… Read More

KEY BRIDGE DESTROYED IN MARAWI CITY SIEGE REOPENED

Banggolo’ Bridge reopens on 3rd Marawi liberation anniversary

MARAWI CITY – A year and seven months after working to refurbish, the Bayabao Bridge was reopened on Saturday, exactly three years when President Rodrigo Duterte declared Marawi City liberated from the influence of the ISIS terrorists.With an estimated PHP83 million renovation cost, Bayabao… Read More

Marawi heroes honored on 3rd year of liberation from siege

Government, police, and military officials gathered on Saturday to salute and remember some 168 members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) who died fighting against terrorists to regain Marawi City in 2017. Despite the pandemic,… Read More

SHFC BUILDING 1,500 PERMANENT HOUSES FOR MARAWI SIEGE VICTIMS

For Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) 

The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) is constructing 1,500 housing units in Marawi City as the government prioritizes building of permanent housing units to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who lost their houses during the 2017 siege of the Philippines’ Muslim city by terrorist groups.

Eduardo del Rosario, Secretary of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling , President of Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC)

“IDPs without lands and living in danger zones are the priority to be given permanent shelters under our housing program,” Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chairperson, said in a statement on Sunday.

The SHFC, headed by its president, Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, is the government agency tasked with implementing the state’s socialized housing program. The agency provides homes to the poorest of the poor Filipinos especially those living in danger areas and those displaced by man-made or natural disasters. SHFC is among government agencies involved in putting back beleaguered Marawi back to its feet.

The SHFC’s 1,500-unit project set to be completed by March 2021, forms part of a total of 3,500 permanent housing units it projects to build for the IDPs.

Del Rosario, who heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), said around 3,500 IDPs formerly living inside the most affected area (MAA) are in need of housing assistance.

He added that those families living in the danger zones along Agus River and in front of Lake Lanao will be prioritized in the housing projects of the government.

Based on the task force’s data, a total of 2,000 permanent shelters are now under construction through the National Housing Authority (NHA), which are set to be completed by June 2021.

According to the TFBM, about 4,800 temporary shelters have been constructed for the displaced families affected by the five-month-long siege in Marawi City.

Del Rosario reiterated that the rehabilitation effort in Marawi City is on track and is set to be completed by December 2021.

He said the rehabilitation works do not only focus on rebuilding public infrastructures, but also providing social intervention necessary to assist Maranaos to recover from the conflict and cope with the adverse effects of the current pandemic.

The government has been providing livelihood and financial assistance to the affected residents, he said.

“Up to now, the government has been providing necessary help to our Maranao sisters and brothers,” he added.

The TFBM was created under Administrative Order No. 3 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 28, 2017, to ensure collaboration and convergence among national agencies and the local government units and facilitating the rehabilitation, recovery, and reconstruction efforts in Marawi. )with PNA report)

DUTERTE: Killing all terrorists best option to achieve peace in Mindanao

“We fight. We finish everyone off. When no one is left, there won’t be war.”

 President Rodrigo Duterte admitted that addressing the long-running conflict in Mindanao remains an “impossible dream”, saying that fighting seemed to be the best option to pave the way for peace for now.In a taped speech aired Monday, Duterte appeared before government… Read More

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MILITARY BACKS OUT FROM SULU-WIDE MARTIAL LAW PROPOSAL

Sobejana drops recommendation

Days after suggesting that it would be prudent to place Sulu under martial law following the deadly twin blasts in Jolo on Aug. 24, Philippine Army (PA) commander Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana on Sunday said he is withdrawing his recommendation as there might be better options.”I drop my… Read More

Gov’t set to rebuild mosques destroyed during Marawi siege

P42-M set for reconstruction

A black smoke billows from downtown of Marawi City June 27, 2017 after a military airstrike.

30 mosques destroyed in ISIS-backed terrorist attack

The government is set to reconstruct various mosques in Marawi City destroyed during the five-month-long siege, Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chairperson, Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said Saturday.In a statement, del Rosario said the task force is preparing to repair three mosques… Read More