Marawi Inspiration Fundraising
The Global Risk Mitigation Foundation is pleased to be working on the inspiration of the wartorn city of Marawi, on the Philippine island of Mindanao and has commenced fundraising for this work.
Fundraising focuses on the immediate needs of healthcare risks to prepare for urban reconstruction.
Following the Marawi* war in the Southern Philippines,
the visit of a GRMF executive team to the battle zone and
refugee camp along with various military, political and
humanitarian briefings has subsequently been the root of a
number of subsequent GRMF initiatives.
These capacity-building programs look to not only alleviating a significant barrier to the rebuilding of
Marawi City, but also to mitigating the likelihood or severity of future Marawi-like conflicts.
Presently, these GRMF programs include:
A regional counterterrorism initiative and counterterrorism trainings
Unexploded Ordinance removal capacity-building programs
Countering political and information warfare courses
Once the siege of Marawi City was over, GRMF began exploring
potential partners and avenues that it could use to assist in the
mitigation of that crisis.
GRMF’s executives met with Philippine Secretary of Defense,
Delfin Lorenzana, to explore the situation and how GRMF might
be involved. Secretary Lorenzana arranged for GRMF 's Chairman
David Day, CEO Dr. Elizabeth Chan, and the Foundation's Director
of International Diplomatic Outreach, Ms. Bing Branigin, to be
escorted by a special military team and flown down to the battle
site in Marawi City on the island of Mindanao in the Southern Philippines.
The purpose of the GRMF team visit to Marawi City was to permit
the Foundation to conduct a Preliminary Risk Assessment of the
entire Marawi situation. The visit included a briefing by both the political
and the military leadership in Marawi City on the current plans to
rebuild the city. This briefing was then coupled with a detailed
discussion of the various complex issues underlying the conflict and
confronting the rebuilding efforts.
The briefing was followed with a tour of the battle zone
(“Ground Zero’ or “Most Affected Area”) and a further
briefing on the serious unexploded
ordinance removal challenges which
included booby traps, IEDs, and
large bombs buried underneath the
A visit to a refugee camp which
housed Maranao persons displaced
from the worst of the battle area followed.
The destroyed portion of Marawi City was quite large and nature of its rebuilding will have Regional security implications well beyond the island of Mindanao.
Following the GRMF visit to Marawi City, members of the team met
with Philippine Secretary of Defense, Delfin Lorenzana to lay out the
Foundation's preliminary risk assessment.
This was followed by meetings with Philippine
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin. The purpose
of these meetings was to discuss potential
directions for addressing the risks associated with
the mitigation of underlying conflict causation, the
ISIS political and information propaganda,
counterterrorism challenges, unexploded ordinance
removal, as well as the difficult rebuilding and
*For further detail on the 2017 war to displace ISIS terrorists led by the Maute brothers (Abdullah and Omar Maute) and the preliminary assessment site visit by GRMF to Marawi City on Mindanao, please refer the following page on our website: https://www.globalriskmitigation.org/single-post/2018/09/01/A-heartbreaker-and-a-heartwarmer-Philippine-Armed-Forces-Escort-GRM-Executives-to-visit-Marawi-City-Mindanao