Chinese and Malaysian firms, pledge to rebuild war-torn Marawi City

Manila, Philippines – On Friday, foreigner organizations from China and Malaysia have expressed interest to help rebuilding Marawi city, a Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) official said.

The announcement was according to TFBM Undersecretary and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary General Falconi Ace Millar.

He said that aside from local firms, others from China and Malaysia also proposed to help in Marawi rehabilitation.

“Foreign companies have signified their intention to participate in the master development plan of Marawi. Again, based on the informal communications, coming from China and Malaysia,” Millar said during a briefing held in Malacanang.

Aside from around six proponents who have already sent informal communication that they will submit unsolicited proposals before February 12, TFBM has yet to receive more from the said organizations.

“Based on the informal communication that we received, we expect about 5 or 6 proponents who will be submitting unsolicited proposals on Monday. That’s gonna be on February 12. That’s the deadline that we have told them,” Millar also said with assurance that there will be transparency in selecting process.

“Bangon Marawi Selection Committee will act as the bids and awards committee who would recommend to the TFBM chairman the original proponent status,” Millar said.

“And then after that, the original proponent status will be subjected to a Swiss Challenge, wherein the public may again, submit their proposals contesting the original proponent,” he added.

Groundbreaking for Marawi City rebuilding is expected on last week of April this year.

“That would be the start of the rehabilitation of the most affected areas which is composed of 24 barangays in Marawi,” Millar said.

Source: PNA

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