MANILA — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is looking to send two teams that will oversee infrastructure works in Marawi City.
DPWH Lanao del Norte-First District Engr. Khalil Sultan revealed a plan to create separate teams that will handle repair works on government structures in “war zone” and “safe zone” areas.
Based on his recommendation to DPWH Region 10 regional director Virgilio Eduarte, the local DPWH official would like to be in charge of the war zone area since he is familiar with the place.
On the other hand, Sultan said District Engineer Rey Peter Gille, DPWH Second District Engineer will be handling the safe zone or the places outside the main battle ground and only have minimal damages.
“In the safe zone area, there is only a small amount of damage on the road and there are only few government buildings in the area. While in the war zone, even if there are still houses that are left standing, some of their walls have already been destroyed,” he said.
Sultan added, “The war zone also includes the three bridges (Baloi, Bayabao, and Masiu) that has been critical during the fighting of government troops against the Maute terrorist group since the start of the siege.”
The DPWH-Lanao del Norte-First Engineering District official noted that the 47 sets of heavy equipment donated by the People’s Republic of China are already positioned near the Marawi provincial capital.
But, he said that they have not yet finalized plans on how to start the rehabilitation works on roads and bridges that were damaged in the war as the military is still conducting clearing operations in the war-torn city. (PNA)