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Swiss challenge period for Marawi rehab proposals to start June 12

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A general view of bombed-out buildings and homes are seen in what was the main battle area in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on October 25, 2017, days after the military declared the fighting against IS-inspired Muslim militants over. — AFP

The government inter-agency task force group for the rehabilitation of Marawi City announced on Friday, June 8, a new schedule for the Swiss challenge period for proposals.

Eduardo D. del Rosario, chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), said in a press briefing at the Palace on Friday morning that the Swiss challenge period for Marawi rehabilitation proposals will begin on “Tuesday” (June 12).

“As of today, nasa finishing touches na ‘yung negotiation with the Bangon Marawi Consortium (BCM). And if there will be a successful negotiation that would be declared by Monday, then on Tuesday the Swiss challenge will start,” Mr. del Rosario said.

The official also said the groundbreaking ceremony will take place by “first week of July.”

Whether the said schedule is already final, Mr. del Rosario said it is “90-95% final for now.” He added, “Everything is fluid. We are working on a timetable. Maybe July 5-6 (for the groundbreaking), is [also] 90-95% accurate.”

The rehabilitation plan, according to Mr. del Rosario, will be presented to President Rodrigo R. Duterte during the next Cabinet meeting. — Arjay L. Balinbin