THE government will accept foreign donations for the rehabilitation of Marawi City, except those coming from the European Union, according to Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar.
President Rodrigo Duterte does not want EU donations because it meddles in the country’s internal affairs, Andanar told DZMM in a phone interview Sunday.
“Kasi ang problema ho kasi, eh marami ho kasing mga NGO, organization, mga… ano ba iyong mga anak ng Diyos doon sa Europe na pakiramdam nila ay ayos lang na makialam sa ating pulitika sa bansa natin, hindi naman tama iyon,” Andanar toldR RadyoPatrol Balita hosts Junry Hidalgo and Rod Izon.
Andanar said the government can handle the rebuilding of Marawi City with or without donation.
The government initially allocated P5 billion for the Marawi rebuilding this year and the fund will be managed by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, head of the Task Force Bangon Marawi, said Andanar.
P30 million of the fund will be used to put up a radio and TV station for the local government called Salaam Radio and Salaam TV, he said.
Rehabilitation works are already ongoing with temporary shelters for displaced Marawi residents being constructed, he said.
“Rest assured na by December, makaka-deliver na po ng daang-daang shelters para sa ating mga kababayan. At iyong area naman na pagtatayuan ng permanent structures for shelters for our IDPs ay sisimulan na rin,” said Andanar. (WJG/CNC)