MinDA LCP Cooperation Photo Release

Mindanao Development Authority seals a cooperation agreement with the League of Cities of Philippines to harmonize efforts and mobilize resources of the various local governments in the country for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Islamic City of Marawi. In the photo are (l-r) MinDA Chief of Staff Abul Khayr Amalon Alonto II, MinDA Chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, Angeles City Mayor Edgar Pamintuan, and Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra. 

 

Taguig City – Forming part of its long-term goal to bring back normalcy in the Islamic City of Marawi, the Mindanao Development Authority partners with the League of Cities of the Philippines for the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts for Marawi.

In a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed by MinDA and LCP yesterday as a side event to the 3rd ASEAN Mayor’s Forum at Taguig City, the two parties express their intention to cooperate and provide assistance in the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and development of Marawi and other affected CONFED Mindanao cities affected by the siege that started last May 23.

The partnership heeds the strong commitment of the Duterte Administration to build a better Marawi once the entire city is cleared from any security threat.

In his State of the Nation Address delivered on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte promised the rehabilitation and fast efforts to rebuild Marawi and the rest of Lanao del Sur.

“This partnership will also ensure that all the development of programs and projects are focused on both the short-term and long-term needs of the affected people of Lanao del Sur such us food security, livelihood assistance, education, and shelter,” said MinDA Chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, who also committed to make sure that historical contexts are incorporated in the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts for Marawi.

As stated in the MOC, LCP and the MinDA are in solidarity in promoting the connectivity among the cities of the CONFED-Mindanao in order to foster and promote the welfare and interests of the stakeholders affected by the conflict.

“Our main goal in this partnership is to tap our able local governments from all over the country through the established mechanism of LCP, in alleviating the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Marawi and help them get back on the track to development,” Alonto added.

LCP was created to promote local urban governance agenda at the forefront of the country’s development strategies. Through the years, LCP’s services have evolved from administrative to policy, technical, and programs support.

The MOC also adopts the strategies identified under the Mindanao Development Corridors (MinDC), which already includes an infrastructure framework for the Northern Mindanao Development Corridor that ensure the connection of Marawi to the rest of the economic corridors.

In a recent meeting with the Marawi and Lanao del Sur stakeholders, Alonto said that of the priorities of MinDC is to pave the road connections from Marawi to the eastern side of Talakag to Kapai.

“These roads are currently open, but not open,” he said.

The corridors strategy, now includes the Bangsamoo Economic Development Corridor covering Maguindana, Maranao, and Lupah Sug, and aims to ensure that the road connection can lead Marawi to market centers and ports.

MinDA is working in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Tourism, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority, and other infrastructure planning agencies in planning and identifying critical connectivity project in Mindanao.#

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