Duterte inaugurates Bahay Pag-asa for Marawi Evacuees

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MARAWI CITY, Philippines —President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, February 28, led the inauguration of a shelter project in Marawi City, reiterating his pledge to build a better city, which was destroyed by the Maute terrorists.

In his speech during the event held in Brgy. Mipaga here, the President expressed his gratitude to the members of the Armed forces and private organizations that assisted the government in providing immediate shelter to the families displaced by the conflict.

“So magpasalamat ako sa sundalo. Thank you for your sacrifice,” Duterte said.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the unveiling of the Bahay Pag-Asa Phase 2 Housing Marker at Brgy. Mipaga in Marawi City on February 28, 2018. Joining the President are Tarlac Heritage Foundation, Inc. Co-founder Dr. Isabel Suntay, Philippine Army Commander Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Karl Normal Alonzo/Presidential Photo

“This would be about my 10th visit because I love to be with you. Eh ‘di kung mamatay sila, kasali na rin ako. ‘Yan ang Commander-in-Chief. Kasali ka magpakamatay ka sa sundalo mo,” he said.

The Bahay Pagasa Phase 2 Immediate Shelter and Accommodation Housing Complex inaugurated by the President was funded by donations from the Tarlac Heritage Foundation Inc., Chinese Filipino Business Club Inc., and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Other donors include the Marawi City local government, Department of National Defense, Corvill Agricom Inc., and East West Seed Company Inc.

The 60 semi-bungalow housing units will be built inside the one-hectare housing complex, equipped with water facilities, electrical supply, community center, volleyball and basketball courts, parking lot, as well as children’s playroom and learning center. Also included is the “Hardin ng Lunas” vegetable and herbal garden.-PND

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