Marking the end of the Project “Rebuilding Marawi through Community-Driven Shelter and Livelihood” by the UN-Habitat, a simple “Kandori and Sealing of Partnerships between Government, Private Partners and Federated Homeowners Associations” was held at the newly built Marawi Museum inside the Most Affected Area (MAA), Marawi City.

In line with UN-Habitat’s goal of advancing sustainable urbanization as a driver of development and peace to improve living conditions for all, the Rebuilding Marawi project, funded by the Government of Japan, aims to help conflict-affected and internally-displaced persons (IDPs) bounce back by providing permanent shelters and livelihood support.

The project was undertaken for almost four years through the People’s Process, a community-driven approach that has been used and proven effective in empowering communities in post-disaster and post conflict situations, which puts the would-be beneficiaries at the heart of the process, in which they themselves were empowered to become actors in their own recovery.

With its Country Programme Manager, Christopher E. Rollo, Project Manager Warren C. Ubongen, Livelihood Officer Francia S. Villavicencio, Senior Team Leader Maria Elviras B. Duka and their staff, UN Habitat has completed and turned-over 1000 units of permanent shelter to the different homeowners associations and had organized several cooperatives of the homeowners associations.

Among those who took turns in thanking the UN Habit for the successful implementation of the Project, are: Hon. City Mayor Majul U. Gandamra; Asec Felix J. Castro, Jr., Field Manager, TFBM; and Sultan Nasser D. Sampaco, Chairperson, Marawi Sultanate League.

On the other hand, Mr. Christopher E. Rollo, Country Program Manager of UN Habitat thanked all their partners for this successful endeavor and leads in the distribution of Plaque of Appreciations to their key partners and homeowners associations, with Mr. Warren C. Ubongen, Project Manager, UN-Habitat Philippines, and Senior Team Leader Maria Elviras B. Duka.