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DND seeking P188-M for deferred Marawi City military camp project

/ 11:19 PM October 01, 2021

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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of National Defense (DND) is seeking P188 million for the construction of a strategically placed military camp in war-torn Marawi City.

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During the DND budget hearing in the Senate on Friday, Philippine Army Commanding General Andres Centino said P188.16 million was allocated in 2019 to fund the establishment of a camp in Marawi City.

“This is to support the construction of facilities for the infantry brigade there,” he told senators.

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But the project was deferred in compliance with a Department of Budget and Management resolution, which Centino did not elaborate on.

The camp was intended to be put up on a 10.2-hectare land on a hilltop overlooking the city, according to the Army chief.

“It is on a hilltop, it stands about 788 meters above sea level elevation and offers a view of the entire city and the entire lake which is ideal for a military camp,” Centino added.

Senator Francis Tolentino, who first inquired about the establishment of a military camp in Marawi City, asked  Centino to resubmit the details of the P188-million budgetary request so that the chamber can review it.

Centino said they will comply with the requested submission.

The DND is proposing a total budget of P297.1-billion for 2022.

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