DPWH to complete flattening of vacant lot as ‘tent city’ for Marawi evacuees

MANILA — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is looking to finish this month the flattening of an 11-hectare land property in Marawi City, where the government is set to build tents for 5,000 “bakwit” families affected by the ongoing conflict in the southern part of the country.

According to DPWH Lanao del Norte First Engineering District (FED) district engineer Khalil Sultan, currently, they are conducting grader works and ground improvements at the vacant lot owned by Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra.

After paving the land, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Health (DOH) will be putting up the temporary shelter for the evacuees.

The size of each tent is 4 x 4 meters and could accommodate a family with eight to 10 members.

Likewise, the department will be constructing a kitchen area, wash room, toilet, shower, a mosque in a tent, clinic, madrasah, market, a multi-purpose hall, a material recovery facility, two guard houses and install a water supply.

But, the DPWH official is worried that rains may cause delays on the works which only started Tuesday.

On the other hand, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar has ordered the deployment of several equipment such dump trucks, four backhoes, two bulldozers, two units of road roller, and three grader trucks in order to fast track the ground improvement works.

The machines came from five other regions in Mindanao – namely Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula), Region 10 (Northern Mindanao), Region 11 (Davao), Region 12 (Soccsksargen), and Region 13 (Caraga). Ferdinand Patinio/PNA-northboundasia.com