The Asian Development Bank is helping the Philippine government rebuild Marawi City in the country’s south after an armed conflict in 2017 left the city in ruins and its over 200,000 residents homeless. A $408 million loans and grants package approved in December 2018 is supporting the government’s Bangon Marawi (Rise Marawi) Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program.

A $300 million loan, part of the assistance package, has financed programs, projects, and activities related to local governance and peacebuilding, housing and settlement, business and livelihood, and social services. A second loan of $100 million loan is financing the reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure in the city, including 25 kilometers of roads and 1,700 meters of bridges and viaducts, using a build-back-better approach.

The package also includes $8 million in grants from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction and Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund to restore and rehabilitate water supply systems in 19 barangays (villages), construct local health units, provide mobile medical clinics, scale up emergency employment and livelihood programs, and deliver primary education in indigenous peoples communities.

With ADB’s help, Marawi City will be transformed into a resilient and thriving economic center, where people can live in peace and prosperity.


The Philippines is rebuilding Marawi City from ground up after the 2017 armed conflict left the city in ruins and its over 200,000 residents homeless. 

ADB is supporting the government’s rehabilitation and recovery program with a $408 million loans and grants package approved in December 2018.

Mark Joven, Undersecretary, Department of Finance: “After the 2017 Marawi siege, basically the government needed to finance around 69 billion pesos worth of recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction in Marawi.” 

“Of all development partners, total pledges amounted to around 35 billion pesos or $670 million. Of this amount, the ADB pledged and delivered $408 million. Not only that, ADB was first responder among all development partners, and the agreements related to this 408 million was first to be executed among all development partners. So this was quite valuable in the sense that the amount was significant and the turnaround time was very quick.” 

ADB funded peace-building initiatives, restoration of housing and shelters, livelihood and business development, and social services using an innovative public financial management framework with an annual reporting mechanism that aligns loan proceeds with the government’s spending priorities for Marawi. 

ADB also helped rebuild the Mindanao State University-Lanao National College of Arts and Trade which was destroyed and looted during the siege.  

“The aid which was sought came in quite speedily for Marawi residents.…So essentially this means the entire amount already went to the priority areas determined by the government for the benefit of the people of Marawi.” 

Marawi is being rebuilt with stronger, safer and climate-resilient infrastructure including 25 km of roads and 1,700 meters of bridges and viaducts. 

A water supply, sewage and drainage master plan is being developed. 

ADB is working with the Marawi City Water District and the International Committee of the Red Cross to provide safe and clean drinking water to residents. 

Emil Sadain, Undersecretary, Department of Public Works and Highways: “The build back better doesn’t only speak of mere reconstruction back to its original form, but we want to make sure that the incoming infrastructure will give a better living condition and a more progressive community for Marawi City being an Islamic center of the country. 

“The concentration of the ADB projects here is on the 72 barangays. As we move forward to the next one and a half years, there will be a tremendous construction development that will come out of Marawi city.”

A school for 300 students will be built, 200 classrooms in the city will have new furnishings, and teachers will get further training. 

Two health centers with modern equipment and birthing facilities will be constructed, and mobile health facilities will be deployed around the city. 

Some 2,400 residents are being given short-term employment, and 1,200 others, including indigenous peoples, are receiving livelihood assets and training.

A community eco hub and development center will be built. 

“The components of ADB’s help to the people of Marawi is comprehensive, and thus its impact to the development of the city is certainly commendable. We are very thankful to all the people who have truly shown compassion and kindness by supporting the people of the city.” 

“Seeing our city slowly taking back its pride and honor through the development programs made possible by our partners such as ADB is something that we should be forever thankful.” 

With ADB’s support, Marawi City will be transformed into a thriving economic center, where people can live in peace and prosperity.