MANILA — Once all the remaining Maute Group terrorists are eliminated from Marawi City, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be on the forefront again — this time spearheading the relief and reconstruction efforts for the war-torn locality.
This was emphasized Thursday by military public affairs chief Col. Edgard Arevalo even as he assured the public that the ongoing conflict will be over soon.
“As decisively the AFP was an instrument in containing and defeating the Maute Group terrorists and their supporters and allies, the AFP will once again be at the forefront of relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction of Marawi City,” he added in Filipino.
Earlier, the AFP announced that it will be deploying its 52nd and 54th Engineering Brigades to help in rehabilitation of Marawi City once the all Maute Group remnants are eliminated.
These units will also be joined by other engineering units of the Air Force and Navy.
The AFP added that these engineering outfits have constructed and completed around 2,000 community projects nationwide since 2007.
These include school buildings, farm-to-market roads, rural electrification projects, water systems, day care and health centers. Priam Nepomoceno/PNA-northboundasia.com