The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) approved on Thursday two projects for the rehabilitation and recovery of Marawi City.

These include the Rehabilitation and Development Plan (RDP) for a Greater Marawi – Stage 2, as well as the proposed programs and projects under the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (BMCRRP), for possible official development assistance (ODA) financing.

The RDP for Greater Marawi provides a viable solution for the rebuilding of Marawi City by fully utilizing the capability of various infrastructure projects as catalysts of redevelopment. RDP for a Greater Marawi – Stage 2, under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), involves the following sub-projects:

  1. Construction of 2-lane Marawi Transcendental Road, Phase 3 (23.90km)
  2. Construction of 2-lane Malabang Viaduct (1.6km)
  3. Implementation of five (5) sub-projects under the BMCRRP, namely:
  4. Construction of a Main Outlet Drainage System
  5. Rehabilitation/Improvement of Beyaba Damag Open Channel
  6. Construction of Slope Protection Works along Marawi-Bito Road
  7. Construction of Main Drainage Outlet Bangon-Luksadatu Lake Lanao, Phase II
  8. Construction of Permanent Rorogagus Bridge

The RDP – Stage 2, which is expected to be completed by 2022, has an estimated project cost of PhP6,515.6 million and will be funded through official development assistance.

The ICC-CabCom also approved the list of programs and projects under the BMCRRP for possible ODA financing, with a total cost of PhP3,451.458 million (or PhP3.451 billion). These include programs and projects in land resource management, social services, physical infrastructure, livelihood and business development implemented by the National Government or is in support of Local Government-implemented projects, and the construction of classrooms for permanent resettlement sites, in view of land-related issues arising from the Marawi siege.

Meanwhile, the ICC-CabCom also approved the fourth phase of the Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project (PMRCIP), executed by the DPWH, that will put in place flood management infrastructure (i.e., dikes, revetments, floodgates) along the 8 km stretch of the Lower/Middle Marikina River, and the construction of the Marikina Control Gate Structure. The project will cost PhP33,097.58 million and will be funded through a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The Committee also approved an increase in cost for the third phase of the same project to PhP9,028.84 million from PhP7,545.16 million, due to necessary additional civil works, including dredging works, to implement the project. The project covers the 5.4 km stretch of the Lower Marikina River, as well as the 9.9 km remaining sections between the Delpan Bridge and Napindan Channel covered under the second phase of the PMRCIP.

On the other hand, the ICC-CabCom approved the Road Network Development Project in Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao that will construct, rehabilitate, and improve the 178.43 km road network in ARMM and its neighboring regions. The project, which the DPWH aims to finish by 2024, has an estimated project cost of PhP13,420.19 million and is proposed to be funded through a loan from JICA.

Lastly, the ICC-CabCom approved in principle the New Clark City High Performance Gymnasium and Sports Museum Project of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority. The project will feature five floors of indoor and outdoor facilities for sports medicine and sports science that will complement the internationally certified sports facilities built at the Phase 1 of the National Government Administrative Center. The project will cost an approximate PhP1.6 billion and will be funded through a grant from the People’s Republic of China.