MANILA - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Wednesday that some 64,364 families have returned to Marawi City more than a year after the Islamic City was besieged by extremists.
DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo told the House Committee on Appropriations that of the 77,170 displaced families they assisted, 64,364 or 83 percent have left the evacuation centers.
Rehabilitation, which is estimated to cost about P72 billion, continues in Marawi.
The DSWD has allotted P1 billion for sustainable livelihood programs as part of efforts to support displaced residents.
The war between the Islamic State-inspired terrorists and government troops began on May 23, 2017, when authorities attempted to arrest wanted terrorist leader Isnilon Hapilon.
The months-long conflict has displaced thousands of families and left the once bustling urban center in heaps of debris and scrap metal.
Around a thousand people, including soldiers, terrorists, and civilians were killed in the siege. - with a report from Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News