MANILA, Aug 16 (Mabuhay) — A Mindanao lawmaker called on President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to immediately create the Marawi Compensation Board (MCB) to hasten the reparation process to those who lost their properties in the 2017 Marawi siege.

In a privilege speech, Lanao del Sur Rep. Ziaur-Rahman Alonto Adiong stressed that the establishment of the MCB as stipulated under Republic Act 11696 or the “Marawi Siege Compensation Act” is crucial to the success of the joint rehabilitation and recovery efforts in the war-torn city.

Under RA 11696, the MCB is tasked with facilitating the tax-free payment of reparations to “qualified claimants” who lost residential and commercial properties in the Marawi siege.

In a privilege speech on Monday, Rep. Ziaur-Rahman Alonto Adiong (1st District, Lanao del Sur) tackles the importance of ensuring that the rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country would be upheld and protected at every possible juncture. Adiong stated that Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) data shows that 85,335 people are still internally displaced five years after the siege in Marawi
City
, which is in his legislative district. He also urged the House of Representatives to prioritize the legislation in the 19th Congress. (MNS photo)

“To establish the board is to commit strongly to supporting us — the people of Marawi City and Lanao del Sur — to regain control of our circumstances,” he said.

Adiong also stressed the importance of ensuring that the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country are upheld and protected at every possible juncture.

Based on Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) data, some 85,335 people are still internally displaced five years after the siege in Marawi City.

The Mindanao solon then called on his colleagues in the House of Representatives to prioritize the legislation protecting the IDPs’ rights in the 19th Congress. (MNS)