Amidst their war fighting duties on the side of the PA, we could see the effort that the Engineer Brigades, particularly the 54th Engineer Brigade, under the leadership of BGen Arnold Fernandez, exerted in making their ideas of rehabilitation become a reality.
Pursuant to Administrative Order 03 issued by the Office of the President, which intends to create an Interagency Task Force for the recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of Marawi and other affected localities, we deployed engineer construction battalions (ECB) to take part in the immediate repair and rehabilitation of public schools, national roads, bridges, and government buildings.
We also utilized the ECB in humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations by restoring basic services and utilities such as: water and electricity. In terms of securing the most affected area (MAA), we have seen the relentless effort of the engineering brigades in conducting breaching operations, to clear IED and other obstacles that pose a threat to the advancing forces.
More details are explained in the book MARAWI AND BEYOND: The JTF Marawi Story. For inquiries, send email to [email protected].