To address queries regarding the Marawi rehabilitation, XU hosted a roundtable discussion on August 4 at the XU Old Library Building. It was made in partnership with Upsilon Sigma Phi of the University of the Philippines, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) through Undersecretary Noel Puyat, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Titled, “Rehabilitation and Recovery of Marawi City: Taking Steps Forward”, the roundtable discussion focused on providing a road map to guide stakeholders on the next steps towards rebuilding Marawi, while looking at long-term interventions. Guests from different governmental sectors and other organizations such as the Philippine Army, Oro Chamber, Department of Agriculture-X, Philippine National Police-X, Muslim Youth Council, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office(PDRRMO), National Economic and Development Authority-X, among others, were invited to join and participate in the discussion.

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Guests from different sectors listen to UNDP Senior Technical Consultant Adam Marlatt’s talk during the “Rehabilitation and Recovery of Marawi City: Taking Steps Forward” discussion on August 4, 2017 at AVR 1.

During his opening remarks, XU President Fr. Roberto C. Yap, SJ, highlighted three main points: making the youth aware about the Marawi Crisis, establishing a strong coordination among sectors in society, and showcasing XU’s commitment.

He shared that having an avenue for people to clarify details regarding the situation in Marawi requires coordination from many sectors in society. A roundtable discussion with different groups that could contribute to the rehabilitation was created to serve this very purpose. He further explained that the discussion is a manifestation of XU’s commitment to helping Marawi. Furthermore, this is an effort in providing a proper orientation on the realities of the Crisis, especially for the youth, since the Maute Group focuses on young targets to join their ranks.

To set the mood for the event, Negosy Para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu Consultant Gabriel Malvar discussed the rationale of the session’s roundtable discussion. He expounded on the specifics on how a roundtable discussion operates. For such a complex issue, a roundtable discussion serves as an adequate setting to address concerns or needs from experts who are knowledgeable on the matter.

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Presidential Initiative Consultant of Negosyo para sa kapayapaan sa Sulu, Gabriel Malvar delivers the Rationale of RTD at AVR 1 on August 4, 2017.

Head of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO)-Lanao del Sur Saripada Pacasum, Jr., also delivered updates on the progress of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) PDRRMO in regards to the Marawi Siege. Pacasum touched on their rescue operations and gave updates as of recent time. According to Pacasum, around 1758 civilians have been rescued as of August 3.

Meanwhile, LTC Rosendo C. Abad, Jr. (GSC) PA gave updates on the Command Center’s progress on the Marawi Crisis. According to Abad, various local and national government agencies have started connecting and collaborating with the Joint Task Group (JTG). He also said that humanitarian assistance, relief and rescue are on full swing under the direction of the Joint Task Force “MARAWI”—a joint military formation for the Marawi siege—and the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC), through JTG “RANAO” and JTG “TABANG”.

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LTC Rosendo C. Abad Jr., (GSC) PA talks about the recent update of Marawi situation from the Command Center on August 4, 2017 at AVR 1.

To share his expertise on technical solutions, keynote speaker Adam Marlatt focused on the theme, “Rehabilitation and Recovery of Marawi: Scenario-building, Rebuilding Lives”.

Marlatt is a Senior Technical Consultant in UNDP, founder of Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT), and a Marine Reserve Infantry Sergeant. He has stationed his team to provide support, medical assistance, and technical solutions after the siege.

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Adam Marlatt, founder of Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT) and Senior Technical Consultant of United Nations Development Program, talks about Rehabilitation and Recovery of Marawi: Scenario-building, Rebuilding Lives in relation to the Marawi Siege on August 4, 2017 at AVR 1.

Marlatt gave a brief background on the Marawi incident and presented actions on moving forward. “As the final movements are made by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to secure the city, immediate measures must be taken ensuring good transition and rehabilitation in the response and recovery phase,” Marlatt shared during his presentation.

After a set of talks, an open forum was conducted, followed by XU Vice President for Social Development Roel Ravanera’s closing remarks.

This is the first of the many roundtable discussions on the Marawi rehabilitation that are yet to happen.

– Photos by Jinky Mejica