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China and Malaysia have expressed interest in taking part to rebuild the war-torn Marawi City, an official said.

On February 9, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary General Falconi Ace Millar said two of five unsolicited proposals to reconstruct Marawi will be coming from China and Malaysia.

“Based on the informal communications relayed to us, foreign companies have signified their intention to participate in the master development of Marawi… Based on the informal communications, [they are] coming from China and Malaysia,” he said.

Deadline for the submission or proposals is set on February 12, Mallari said, adding the groundbreaking of the rehabilitation project will start in April of this year.

The government expects to complete the rehabilitation “not later than December 2021.”

The Duterte administration seeks to build the Marawi siege from “ground zero”, which covers 24 barangays in the city.

It targets to build more than 6, 000 temporary shelters and 2, 500 permanent homes, set to be provided for the poorest and most war-affected Marawi residents.

The Marawi siege ended in October 2017, ending the five-month battle of government troops against Islamic State-linked Maute terrorist group.

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