The Department of Tourism of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOT-ARMM) has conducted an assessment of identified tourism assets in the war-torn Marawi City so that proper intervention could be made, an official said.
DOT-ARMM Secretary Ayesha Mangudadatu Dilangalen said the assessment, which was held on March 13-16, was important so that they can “identify the proper interventions and assistance” that they can provide for affected sites.
The DOT-ARMM assessment team was assisted by representatives from Marawi, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur.
The group entered the main battle area where some of the city’s tourism assets are located.
The team also visited tourism sites outside the main battle area including the century-old Dayawan Torogan; Masjid Abubakar in East Basak; Marawi Resort Hotel, Aga Khan Museum and MSU Hostel which are located within the MSU-Main campus; the Capitol Mosque at the Provincial Capitol Complex; and Kampo Ranao.
Marawi was devastated due to the five-month fighting between the military and the Maute-ISIS terrorists last year.