Title of Master Project: Formulation of Monitoring & Evaluation Indicators for the Rehabilitation and Recovery of Marawi City
On 23 May 2017 members of the ISIS-inspired Maute Group clashed with the members of the AFP after they raided, roamed, and raised the ISIS flag at the Amai Pakpak Medical Center. The 4-month siege of Marawi City started, with immeasurable damage to the community. A 5-year investment program identifies the needs for the rehabilitation and recovery of Marawi City, and the Municipalities of Butig and Piagapo. It aims to build safer, adaptive, and resilient Filipino communities that are protected from risks and can cope with and recover quickly from unfortunate events. It is composed of 769 programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) with a total needs amounting to Php 60.506 Billion. This study introduces the idea that a vital first step in understanding disaster recovery is to define and measure it. Indicators should be developed, and should be used together with other forms of information to develop better understanding of recovery outcomes, trajectories, and processes. As reviewed in the study despite the attention that Rehabilitation and Recovery programs receive, there has been very little focus on the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of these projects, thus poor management of rehabilitation and recovery efforts, which may lead to another disaster altogether.