New military camp rising in Marawi City

A new military camp is rising inside Marawi City. This camp will be established at the Old City Hall in Barangay Kapantaran, Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the groundbreaking ceremony on January 30.

He was accompanied by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, and Philippine Army’s Commanding General Major General Rolando Bautista, Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) Chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr., and Philippine Army 1st Infantry Division Commander Major General Roseller Murillo.

According to government, initial development of the military camp will involve the renovation of the old Marawi City Hall, converting it into a new Marawi military camp headquarters building.

“Located on the top of the hill, the new camp would become a stronghold of the Philippine Army’s infantry units to prevent the re-entry of ISIS-backed groups here and to protect civilians from any security threats,” the government said.

The new military camp is located within the main battle area during the Marawi siege, overlooking the entire city and Lake Lanao at 788 meters above sea level. The new camp will have a total land area of 103,291 square meters or 10.3 hectares.