• Drone to be used in assessing Marawi City damage
• The use of aerial mapping will help identify areas needing priority rehabilitation
• DBM is ready to release an initial P5 billion for rehabilitation of the city
The provincial government of Lanao del Sur is planning to use a drone in assessing the damage in Marawi City caused by the ongoing conflict between government forces and ISIS-linked Maute terror group and to identify areas needing priority rehabilitation.
As mentioned in the Inquirer story dated July 16, 2017, Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr. said the drone company agreed to do the aerial mapping at less than 95 percent of the original price.
“We will only be paying about P1 million because the contractor also wants to contribute to the rebuilding of the city… we have to wait for the clearance of the military before we can do that. The aerial mapping will really help us assess the damage and what areas will be given priority in the rehabilitation phase,” the vice governor said.
On Friday, July 14, Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno announced that the agency is ready to release the initial P5 billion for the Marawi City rehabilitation. Another P10 billion will be released in 2018 for the same purpose.